Improving emergency and follow-up care for suicidal crisis
What do we know?
A suicide attempt is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide. To reduce the risk of future attempts, a coordinated approach to care for people after a suicide attempt is essential.
Coordination of care is complex and emergency departments are high-pressure environments where staff are time poor.
Often people who present in emergency departments (EDs) for suicidal thinking or attempts don't receive the care and support they need.
Evidence shows that it is the experience rather than strict adherence to a protocol that makes the difference between good and poor care. When people seek help, services need to make them feel validated, welcome and heard.
What is happening?
- Improved crisis care with new guidelines and training in EDs, education and resource packs distributed to individuals and families in crisis.
- Dedicated aftercare services for people who attempt suicide.
- Better networks and information sharing between care providers and families.
Strategy Summary - Emergency and follow-up care
This brochure provides community members with a summary of the evidence, what is happening and how you can get involved.
Research Summary – Emergency and follow-up care
This document provides a detailed summary of the evidence covering why the strategy is included in LifeSpan, evidence supporting the interventions recommended by LifeSpan, and how this strategy will be evaluated as part of the LifeSpan NSW Research trial.
Guidelines for integrated suicide-related crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute settings
Recommended strategies and an accompanying Clinical Summary, produced by Black Dog in collaboration with leading clinicians and those with a lived experience of suicide attempt.