The Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) initiative is being expanded.

The HOPE initiative will be rolled out to six new hospital and health service sites.

The program provides practical support and follow up for people leaving hospital after a suicide attempt.

Assertive outreach workers also work with families, friends and carers so they can better support their loved one during this critical time.

More than 500 people have been assessed and supported through the initiative so far, which is in operation at The Alfred Hospital, Peninsula Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, Barwon Health in Geelong, Eastern Health in Maroondah and Albury Wodonga Health in Wangaratta.

The program will now be rolled out at Casey Hospital, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Sunshine Hospital, Ballarat Health Service (including Horsham), Werribee Mercy Hospital and Bendigo Health Service (including Mildura).

The new sites were selected based on analysis of suicide and intentional self-injury data, population demographics and community profiles.

The HOPE initiative is part of the Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework 2016-25 which aims to halve the suicide rate in Victoria by 2025.

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