People living in the Hume and Moreland regions in Melbourne’s north-west will now be able to access the life-saving Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service in their local community.

The Broadmeadows HOPE service is a follow-up and aftercare service for people 18 years of age or more who attend a hospital in crisis or following a suicide attempt.

The service was officially launched by MP Frank McGuire, Member for Broadmeadows, last week.

HOPE provides up to 12 weeks of clinical and community-based support to people who are at risk.

The HOPE service helps people to identify and build strategies to prevent suicide. It does this by helping to address factors that contribute to stress.

This may involve helping people find housing and employment, or connecting them to support services in their community. The HOPE team can help people access education and training, legal support, Centrelink, drug and alcohol or relationship and family services.

Support is provided to both the individual and their personal support networks, which may include family members, friends, carers, community and cultural leaders, and Elders.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended expanding the HOPE service from 12 to 21 areas throughout Victoria, providing statewide access.

The statewide HOPE expansion will mean more people can access the service, in both metropolitan and regional locations.

The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget included $17.4 million to make HOPE available in nine subregional sites: Bairnsdale, Bass Coast, Central Gippsland, West Gippsland, Hamilton, Horsham, Echuca, Swan Hill, and Wangaratta.

It included a further $16 million to deliver a new Child and Youth HOPE service. This service is currently being designed with input from children, young people and their supporters.

Find out more about the HOPE expansion.