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Fight For Your Life Suicide Prevention Strategy

Fight for Your Life – The Great South Coast Suicide Prevention Strategy (FFYL) was initiated in 2013 in response to the need to address the national emergency of suicide at a local level. It was identified that within our region, there was no integrated system for suicide prevention, support or response, and awareness of service capacity and availability was low for both agencies and the community.

The aim of FFYL is to ensure our communities know how to give and receive care to those at risk of or affected by suicide. This will be achieved through a coordinated interagency approach to community awareness, prevention, intervention and postvention care.

The strategy follows the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention Model to ensure best practice and involves representatives from Lifeline South West Vic, South West PCP, St John of God Warrnambool, South West Healthcare, Headspace, Deakin University, Victoria Police, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, Barwon South West Homelessness Network and South West TAFE.

The Fight for your Life website aims to provide a safe and engaging space to raise community awareness about suicide prevention, and provide evidence based and reliable information to ensure

  • The community knows what to do if someone is at risk of, has attempted or has lost someone to suicide.
  • All carers feel supported, safe and can access information and professional help
  • Every person at risk knows where to go for help and appropriate help is available

By doing this, it will contribute to the GSC Suicide Prevention Strategy vision of the strategy of a 50% reduction in suicides in the Great South Coast by 2023