Sep 26 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Mental Health organisation Beyond Blue say tackling Australia’s suicide rate will require the same long-term, commitment to decreasing the national road toll.

The highest number of road deaths recorded in a single year was just over 3,700 in 1970, leading to the introduction of compulsory seatbelt legislation, blood-alcohol limits, advertising campaigns and better roads.

The measures have resulted in reducing the road toll by almost two-thirds.

With Australia’s official suicide rate at just over 3,000 in 2015, beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman says a similar approach was required to prevent those at risk taking their own lives.

She pointed to the effectiveness of summits, plans and national forums that continue to reduce road deaths each year.

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