The South Australian Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme (SASPCGS) is now open for applications from individuals or community-based organisations for funding over the 2019-20 financial year.
The scheme, operating annually since 2014, supports community groups or non-government organisations in their efforts to raise awareness around suicide, reach out to vulnerable individuals or support people bereaved by suicide.
“Suicide has far-reaching consequences throughout communities, and we must do what we can to support those at risk of suicide, or who have lost loved ones to suicide” said Hon John Dawkins MLC, Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention.
“The simple action of raising awareness, breaking down stigma, and increasing connectedness can save lives, which is why community-based programs and services are effective tools in suicide prevention.”
Chief Psychiatrist of South Australia, Dr John Brayley, said that prevention, postvention and community innovation would be supported through the grants scheme.
“A wide variety of projects have been funded through this scheme, including workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, mobile support services for remote communities and training programs in mental health first aid for volunteers” Dr Brayley said.
“I am pleased the State Government has continued the $150,000 annual funding towards this worthy scheme, and I encourage community organisations to apply”.
The scheme provides successful applicants with between $500 and $10,000 for localised suicide prevention projects, to be delivered over the 2019-20 financial year.
Suicide prevention projects which are awarded funding must be able to address the priority areas of the South Australian Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2021 and be tailored to suit the needs of a specific group or community.
Applications close on Monday 15 April 2019 and submission is via email to
Health.OCPSuicidePrevention@sa.gov.au. Further information on the grant scheme can be found at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/suicidepreventiongrants.