LifeSpan is an innovative, evidence-based, world-class approach to suicide prevention currently being trialed in select sites in NSW, Australia.
LifeSpan is the new name for the Systems Approach to Suicide Prevention initially developed on behalf of the NSW Mental Health Commission by the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) and Black Dog Institute. Development involved extensive collaboration and input from partners across the sector and lived experience representatives.
In December 2015, Black Dog Institute received an independent philanthropic grant from the Paul Ramsay Foundation to deliver LifeSpan in four sites in NSW and scientifically assess the impact of LifeSpan.
Representing a prevention focus, LifeSpans ultimate goal is suicide prevention and supporting people to live full, contributing lives.
Based on the most up-to-date evidence available and drawing from positive results of similar, large-scale suicide prevention programs overseas, this integrated systems approach is expected to prevent 21% of suicide deaths, and 30% of suicide attempts.