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About the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Suicide places inordinate strains on our community’s well-being, cohesiveness and productivity. Over recent decades many organisations and governments have sought to decrease the number of suicides per year. Significant investment has been made financially and socially and yet the results have been limited with the number of suicides remaining relatively unchanged across most age groups. It is time to change the approach.
Change has come in the form of the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP). The coalition has agreed to adopt the principles of collective impact. This will require organisations within the diverse suicide prevention and mental health sectors, as well as business and government (cross-portfolio), to commit to a common agenda, shared goals and measures and a reporting framework under which all participants operate. Importantly participating organizations will align their programs to this agenda resulting in a greater voice and ensuring accelerated progress towards the agreed goals and resolutions.
The success of the coalition will be highly reliant on leadership and coordination and the coalition members identified SPA as the appropriate organisation to take on the role of the backbone organisation (see section below about Collective Impact). To embrace and deliver on this leadership role, SPA conducted a review of its vision, mission and strategy (see About Us section for details).
Goal of the NCSP
A 50% reduction in suicides in Australia by 2023. This includes halving the number of suicide attempts.
Current members of the NCSP are: (listed in alphabetical order)
Community Mental Health Australia
Black Dog Institute
Hunter Institute of Mental Health
Inspire Foundation (ReachOut.com)
LGBTI Health Alliance
Mates in Construction
Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia
Mental Health Council of Australia
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
MLC Community Foundation
On the Line
R U OK?
Suicide Prevention Australia
United Synergies (National StandBy Bereavement Response Service)
Young & Well CRC
The National Mental Health Commission and NSW Mental Health Commission support the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention.
If you would like to find out how your organisation can join the NCSP please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The concept of collective impact and the NCSP was both the theme and a feature of the 2013 National Suicide Prevention Conference. At this conference, a panel discussion. Panellists, including Prof. Les Hems, Director, Tomorrow’s Agenda Research Institute, Doug Taylor, CEO, United Way Australia, Paula Benson, General Manager Corporate Responsibility, NAB, Dawn O’Neil, Director, Dawn O’Neil & Associates, and Sue Murray, CEO of SPA, explained the collective impact approach and identified key factors for success.
On 30 August 2013, the NCSP launched a united campaign aligned with World Suicide Prevention Day. The key themes of this campaign are ‘Vote 1 Suicide Prevention’ and ‘Call, Chat, Connect’. To view this campaign, go to www.wspd.org.au. To read the media release for the campaign launch click here.
Collective Impact is a structured and sophisticated approach much more valuable than the sum of the parts. It has shown great promise in US communities addressing intractable social problems and members of the NCSP firmly believe that it has potential to make a difference in suicide prevention in Australia.
But it will take a lot of effort and engagement just as we have seen in smoking control. Similarly the most successful initiatives in the US have been those that engaged all three sectors – community – like SPA, businesses – small, medium and large – and government – local, state and federal.
First published in Stanford Social Innovation Review six elements have been identified as being integral to successful Collective Impact:
1. An agreed common agenda to which all participants will commit
2. Shared goals and measures
3. One common reporting framework
4. Mutually reinforcing activities
5. Continuous communication
6. One backbone organisation to drive the common agenda.
At its heart, collective impact enables us to solve challenging social problems with the resources we already have at our disposal.
To learn more about collective impact we recommend visiting the FSG website.
Click here to read an article by Sue Murray on why change via the NCSP is so important.
SPA, on behalf of the NCSP, gratefully acknowledges the support of the MLC Community Foundation and the Ian Potter Foundation.