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Julia Gillard AC on RN Breakfast – How do we best support Australians at risk of suicide?

In the lead up to World Mental Health Day, Julia Gillard AC, ex PM and current beyondblue Chair, talks to Fran Kelly about the latest suicide statistics and the urgency to deal with the mental well-being of our community.

Nationally, more than 3,000 people took their own lives in 2017 — making suicide now the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 44 years of age.

Mental health experts have told us here on Breakfast it’s time for the Federal Government to adopt a national target for the reduction of suicide rates, arguing a concerted campaign could see death rates cut by a quarter over five years.

Listen to the audio here.