An opportunity for substantial change
The Towards Zero Suicides initiatives provide a unique opportunity for the Collaborative, in partnership with the ISLHD and the PHN, to bring together a rich and diverse group of stakeholders to collaborate with the common purpose of designing more effective, efficient, and sustainable supports for people in suicidal crisis.
A local co-design process will determine the shape of three initiatives:
1) Zero suicides in care will support the re-design of current services to prevent suicides among people accessing public mental health services, whether they be within hospitals or in the community.
2) Safe Spaces will provide an alternative to ED for people experiencing a suicidal crisis. Safe Spaces will provide a welcoming, non-clinical environment for people to connect with peer workers and find information about a range of other supports.
3) Assertive Suicide Prevention Outreach Teams providing assertive immediate and follow-up care for people in the community experiencing a suicidal crisis.
These new services will be funded by NSW Ministry of Health, but delivered locally by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and non-government organisations.
How can you get involved?
The Safe Spaces will be the first initiative to be co-designed, commencing in May 2020.
Critically, the Safe Space must be designed through a genuine collaboration between those who provide supports and those who use them. This is essential to making sure these new services meet the needs of our community, complement existing supports, and reach those who are struggling but not already connecting with local supports.
If you would like to get involved with the co-design or stay up to date with its progress, please click here to express interest.
Note: EOIs for participating in the co-design via online focus groups have now closed, however EOIs to participate via 'Feedback loops' will remain open for the length of the co-design process.
‘Feedback loops’ will occur at three key points in the co-design process and will involve:
- Live webinar - co-design facilitators will talk you through the output from the co-design so far, and answer any of your questions.
- Online surveys – you will be given a week to process the output from the co-design and have your say via online surveys.
Feedback Loop 1 is currently underway! Click here for more information.