Prime Minister Scott Morrison has appointed a new suicide prevention adviser.

Christine Morgan, chief executive of the National Mental Health Commission, has taken on the newly-created role.

“Suicide takes far too many Australians, devastating families and local communities,” Mr Morrison said in a statement this week.

“One life lost to suicide is one too many, which is why my government is working towards a zero suicide goal.”

About 80 per cent of people who take their own lives have mental health issues, and it is a leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 24.

“That's why I am committed to taking all necessary action to tackle this issue, ensuring Australian families, communities and those facing challenges get the support they need,” the PM said.

Ms Morgan formerly ran the National Eating Disorders Collaboration, another government-funded initiative.

Anyone experiencing distress or seeking more information about suicide and mental health can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 and beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.