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Progress Reports

December 2017

 

Monthly meetings

The Collaborative has been meeting on a monthly basis since September 2015. View the meeting schedule for 2018 or minutes from previous meetings.

Working groups

The Collaborative has established five Working Groups, each focused on a specific area of suicide prevention. The focus areas are:

1. Health interventions
2. Community interventions
3. School interventions
4. Data driven suicide prevention
5. Aboriginal suicide prevention

The Working Groups will involve a range of services and sectors as well as people with their own personal experiences of suicide and mental health recovery.

Click on the tabs below to find out more about ‘What’s Happening’ in each of the Working Groups!

Meeting minutes>
Working group key messages
Working group lead: Linda Livingstone
Next meeting: TBC
Contact details    
Contact via the Suicide Prevention Collaborative  1300 069 002 suicideprevention@coordinare.org.au
Suicide Prevention Strategies

Improving emergency and follow-up care for suicidal crisis

A suicide attempt is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide. This strategy aims to reduce the risk of a repeat suicide attempt, by ensuring there is a coordinated approach to improving the care of people after a suicide attempt.

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Using evidence-based treatment for suicidality

Mental illness, including depression, is associated with a large portion of suicide attempts. This strategy aims to support the provision of accessible and appropriate mental health care to the community. Central to this is ensuring mental health professionals are aware of the latest evidence and best practice care and treatment options.     

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Equipping primary care to identify and support people in distress

Suicidal individuals often visit their GP in the weeks or days before suicide yet many do not mention their suicidal thoughts to their doctor or if they do, they often don’t receive the care and support they need. This strategy will involve building the capacity of GPs and general practices to more easily identify patients in need of support and tailor an evidence-based treatment plan that is right for them.

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Improving the competency and confidence of frontline workers to deal with suicidal crisis

The interactions a suicidal person has with frontline workers such as police, paramedics and emergency department staff, can influence their decision to access and engage with care. Frontline workers themselves are also exposed to stressful situations and trauma and can become vulnerable to suicide. This strategy aims to engage frontline workers in training to build their capacity to respond to those in need – both members of the community and their colleagues.

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Working group leads: Brian Boulton
Next meeting: Wednesday 15th August 2018
Contact details    
Contact via the Suicide Prevention Collaborative  1300 069 002 suicideprevention@coordinare.org.au

Suicide Prevention Strategies

Training the community to recognise and respond to suicidality
Many people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts communicate distress through their words or actions but these warning signs may be missed or misinterpreted. This strategy aims to engage our community members in training which will provide them with:

  • knowledge and skills to identify warning signs that someone may be suicidal,
  • confidence to talk to them about suicidal thoughts, and will
  • connect them with professional care.

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Engaging the community and providing opportunities to be part of the change
Community engagement and communication can improve local awareness of services and resources, and drive increased participation in prevention efforts across the community.
A key part of this community engagement strategy is coordinating key messaging across local events and engaging local media to maximise the impact of local events and build on the momentum of national campaigns such as RUOK? Day.
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Encouraging safe and purposeful media reporting
Adherence to media guidelines
Suicidal behaviour can be learned through the media. Media guidelines supporting the responsible reporting of suicide by the media can reduce suicide rates, and in providing safe, quality media coverage, improve awareness and help seeking.

Proactive reporting
What is said (or not said) about suicide is important. The community needs to drive the conversation about what is working locally, what people can do to help and where more attention is required. We are supporting local organisations to take a more proactive and coordinated approach to engaging with the media and managing this conversation. 
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Working Group Lead: Natalie Lightfoot
Next meeting: Monday 30th July 2018
Contact details    
Contact via the Suicide Prevention Collaborative  1300 069 002 suicideprevention@coordinare.org.au

Suicide Prevention Strategies

Promoting help-seeking, mental health and resilience in schools
Young people can be particularly vulnerable to mental health problems, self-harm or suicide. Schools are keen to support their students but often don’t know how to choose quality programs or integrate programs with other student wellbeing activities and referral pathways.
This strategy focuses on the delivery of the ‘Youth Aware of Mental Health’ (YAM) program to Year 9 students in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. The YAM program is designed to raise awareness about suicidality and the factors that protect against it, and has the strongest evidence-base of school programs reviewed including the best outcomes specific to suicidal behaviour, and the flexibility to be integrated into any school environment.
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YAM School Schedule 2018

 

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Working group lead: Alex Hains
Next meeting: Wednesday 1st August 2018
Contact details    
Contact via the Suicide Prevention Collaborative  1300 069 002 suicideprevention@coordinare.org.au

Suicide Prevention Strategies

Improving safety and reducing access to means of suicide
Restricting access to the means of suicide is one of the most effective suicide prevention strategies, however local suicide trends and common means are not well understood. There is a lack of timely data, which is important as implementation of any interventions must be informed by what is actually happening in the local community.
This group will use results from a newly developed Suicide Audit Report to help the community develop a long-term, strategic approach and drive local efforts in safety and prevention.
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Working group lead: Michelle Dickson
Next meeting: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Contact details    
Contact via the Suicide Prevention Collaborative  1300 069 002 suicideprevention@coordinare.org.au

Suicide Prevention Strategies

LifeSpan & ATSISPEP
The Aboriginal Suicide Prevention group is working to apply recommendations from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) alongside the LifeSpan model, where appropriate.
This group will ensure that the momentum gained through the LifeSpan project results in reduced suicide deaths and attempts within Aboriginal communities. 

See the:

ATSISPEP report & resources >

Shoalhaven suicide prevention training program >