Christine Morgan has been tasked with cutting suicide rates in Australia as Scott Morrison’s suicide prevention adviser. With suicide as the leading cause of death among young Australians, and at twice the rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people compared to that of non-Indigenous Australians, Katharine Murphy talks to Morgan about the state of Australia’s mental health system. Does it, despite good intentions, perversely increase the risks of self-harm and suicide? Will these deficiencies warrant redesigning the system from scratch? Scott Morrison’s suicide prevention adviser says mental health system may increase risk of self-harm The crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14