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NQPHN has a long-standing commitment to suicide prevention across our region, this is reflected in our ongoing efforts to commission primary health services, provide training for supporting individuals in distress, implement reforms, and introduce new services.

NQPHN actively supports two specific initiatives aimed at fostering community-wide collaboration and achieving collective impact across the region: Suicide Prevention Community Action Plans (SPCAP) and Targeted Regional Initiatives for Suicide Prevention (TRISP).

For the past six years, NQPHN has prioritised dedicating resources to facilitate the co-design of Suicide Prevention Community Action Plans (SPCAPs).

There are currently five active SPCAPs across our region. Click on the links below to read more.

From 1 July 2023, a new lead agency has been appointed as the backbone organisation for the Townsville, Burdekin, and Whitsunday, Isaac, and Mackay SPCAPs.


NQPHN will approach regional strategic needs and future-proofing through targeted initiatives focused on workforce, lived experience governance, regional stakeholder collaborations, and innovation enhancement.


A list of mental health and suicide prevention support services are listed in the drop down table below. Please note, NQPHN and the SPCAP lead agencies are not crisis or emergency services. For urgent support, call any of the numbers listed in the table below. If you need immediate help or are at risk of harm to yourself or others, call 000. 

Contact details
13 YARN Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis support line. Available 24/7. No shame, no judgement, safe place to yarn. 13 92 76 /
1800 RESPECT Free, 24/7 support for people impacted by domestic, family, or sexual violence. 1800 732 732 /
Beyond Blue 24/7 support programs to address issues related to depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, and other related mental illnesses. 1300 224 636 /
Head to Health Local general mental health advice and support. You can make a free call to Head to Health between 8.30am-5pm weekdays (except public holidays). 1800 595 212 /
Lifeline Australia Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention. 13 11 14 /
Townsville Head to Health If in Townsville, you can visit the Head to Health Centre at 32 Walker Street from 10am to 10pm, 7 days per week for free mental health advice and support. 1800 595 212 /
StandBy Support After Suicide Service 24-hour community-based, suicide postvention program for people bereaved by suicide.  1300 727 247 /
Suicide Call Back Service Free counselling for suicide prevention & mental health via telephone, online & video for anyone affected by suicidal thoughts, 24/7. 1300 659 467 /
QLife LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings, or relationships.  1800 184 527 /
12 January 2024

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