SA Labor commits to suicide prevention

South Australia will get more funding for suicide prevention programs if the state government is returned at the March election.

The South Australian Labor government will provide an extra $5.5 million to help reduce the number of people taking their own lives if returned at the March state election.

The funding will go to a range of initiatives including prevention networks, research and programs to help people grieving, Health Minister Peter Malinauskas said on Tuesday.

"Every suicide is a tragedy and that is why Labor is supporting individuals, families and the community to bring down the rate of suicide and save lives," he added.

The funding will also go towards a registry to provide statistical information on intentional self-harm in the state.

"A re-elected Labor government will work with experts, the community and non-government organisations to provide support to people at risk of suicide," Mr Malinauskas said.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Source AAP

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