Suicide prevention

Reducing suicide in Melbourne

Eastern Melbourne PHN (EMPHN) has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver two suicide prevention trial site projects in:

  • Maroondah
  • Whittlesea

The Victorian suicide prevention framework 2016-2025 was released in July 2016. The framework established a goal to halve Victoria’s suicide rate by 2025 and is supported by investment of $27 million over four years for two key initiatives; assertive outreach to support people and families after a suicide attempt; and place-based suicide prevention trials in six locations.

At each of the place-based trial sites, multi-sectoral suicide prevention groups will develop and implement local suicide prevention strategies. EMPHN plans to:

  • consult with councils, people with lived experience, the community and service providers
  • strengthen capacity for enhanced living
  • consider commissioning activities that support existing local structures

Further information:

Contact Kieran Halloran, Mental Health Manager Severe and Enduring (PIR/Suicide Prevention), on 9046 0300 or via

For information about our Psychological Strategies Suicide Prevention stream including referrals, please visit the Psychological Strategies page of our website.


The place-based suicide prevention trial sites are a partnership between EMPHN and the Department.

Additional suicide prevention contacts:

  • Eastern Health Mental Health Triage – 1300 721 927 (outer and middle eastern suburbs)
  • Austin Health Mental Health Triage – 1300 859 789 (north eastern suburbs)
  • St Vincent Health Mental Health Triage – 1300 558 862 (inner eastern suburbs)
  • Northern Health Mental Health Triage – 1300 874 243 (northern and north western suburbs)
  • Monash Health Mental Health Triage - 1300 369 012 (middle southern suburbs)
  • Psychological Strategies after hours support – 1800 859 585
  • Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that provide telephone and online counselling to people aged 15 and old affected by suicide. Phone: 1300 659 467.
  • SuicideLine offers 24-hour and free telephone support across Victoria. Phone: 1300 651 251.
  • Lifeline is a 24-hour counselling, suicide prevention and mental health support service. Phone: 13 11 14.
  • beyondblue offers 24-hour telephone support, online chat service, and links to local services. Phone: 1300 224 636.
  • Sane Helpline provides information, guidance, and referral to help manage mental health concerns. Available weekdays, 9am-5pm AEST. Phone: 1800 187 263.
  • MensLine Australia provides 24-hour support for Australian men. Phone: 1300 789 978.
  • Kids Helpline offers free confidential 24-hour telephone and online counselling for young people aged 5-18. Phone: 1800 551 800.
  • e-headspace provides online counselling for young people aged 12-25 years.
  • National StandBy Response Service is a 24-hour coordinated community response service to families, friends, and communities who have been bereaved through suicide.
  • Support After Suicide offers information, resources, and group support for those bereaved by suicide.
  • Commonwealth Department of Health's listing of Victoria's Mental Health Services

Call 000 or go to your nearest emergency department if at immediate and acute risk.