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 inter-agency approach to community awareness, prevention, intervention and postvention care.
The strategy follows the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention Model to ensure best practice. It involves representatives from Lifeline South West Vic, South West PCP, 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. It also provides evidence based, reliable information to ensure:
By doing this, it will contribute to the Fight For Your Life vision of a 50% reduction in suicides in the Great South Coast by 2023