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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.


NCSP Members

Australian Institute For Suicide Research And Prevention


Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Hunter Institute of Mental Health (Hunter New England Local Health District)

Kentish Regional Clinic

Lifeline Australia

Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter

Lifeline South East (SA) Inc.

Mates In Construction

Men’s Link Inc

Mental Health Association of Central Australia

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia

National LGBTI Health Alliance

On the Line

OzHelp Tasmania Foundation


R U OK? Ltd

ReachOut Australia

Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia Canberra & Region

Relationships Australia Tasmania

Roses in the Ocean

Rural Alive and Well Inc

SANE Australia

Suicide Prevention Australia


Support After Suicide – Jesuit Social Services

The Older Men’s Network Inc

Tracksafe Foundation

United Synergies

Wesley Mission

West Australian Association for Mental Health

WINGS of Hope Incorporated

The National Mental Health Commission and NSW Mental Health Commission also kindly offer their support in principle to the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

If you would like to find out how your organisation can join the NCSP please email


NCSP Activities delivered through Collective Impact

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.

Assessment of Australia’s progress in suicide prevention

On World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2014), the NCSP released a response to the World Health Organisation (WHO) first ever World Suicide Report. This paper identifies a number of areas that require action and are summarised using a simple traffic light system to rate Australia against the typical components of national suicide strategies. Read the Australian-Response-to-WHO-World-Suicide-Report.

Watch a Webcast  of Australian experts debating Australia’s progress in suicide prevention.

National Research Action Plan

The National Research Action Plan is being developed under the auspices of the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP), using the framework of Collective Impact. Success will come from bringing together public, private and community sectors in a well-planned and coordinated approach to address this wicked social problem. It will provide the opportunity for greater collaboration of both funders and researchers to make decisions that are well grounded in addressing the needs of our communities.

You are invited to contribute to an Australian first; development of a series of funding principles for investing in suicide prevention research. The principles will form part of a National Research Action Plan and support investors when making decisions about funding research for this complex social problem. This workshop will be held in Sydney on Friday 28 November 2014 – Developing Funding Principles – Workshop Invitation


SPA, on behalf of the NCSP, gratefully acknowledges the support of the MLC Community Foundation and the Ian Potter Foundation.