Evaluation of suicide prevention activities

5.12 Summary profile

Page last updated: January 2014

Overall, NSPP-funded activities can be summarised as follows.

Suicide prevention approach:

  • Spanned all three major suicide prevention approaches
  • Often used multiple approaches within projects
  • Most commonly used selective approaches or combinations of selective and indicated approaches.

Life Framework Action Areas:

  • Spanned all six LIFE Framework Action Areas
  • Addressed multiple LIFE Framework Action Areas within individual projects.

Target groups:

  • Included all major acknowledged 'at risk' target groups
  • Were multi-faceted and it was not uncommon for a single project to operate across a range of target groups and use a number of different interventions.

Aims, objectives, strategies and scope

  • Had aims and objectives that had remained unchanged over time during the review period
  • Had remained largely unchanged in terms of project strategies and activities over the life of the project
  • Had not grown in scope from local to national.

Community acceptance and collaborative work in area/region:

  • Received high levels of community acceptance
  • Involved very high levels of collaborative work with other organisations conducting suicide prevention activities in their area/region that were not NSPP-funded.


  • Over the seven-year period to June 2013, projects were allocated average funding of $1.93 million per project. Funding ranged from $143,231 for the project which received the least funding, to $10,109,980 for the project which received the most.
  • Locally oriented projects accounted for the largest proportion of projects (56%) and funding (53%).
  • On average each project had 8.3 full time equivalent (FTE) workforce at a given point in time, comprising 3.7 FTE paid staff and 4.6 FTE volunteers
  • The average number of NSPP-funded staff employed was broadly similar across national (2.8 FTE), state-wide (2.3 FTE) and local (2.5 FTE) projects.