Equipping primary care to identify and support people in distress
What do we know?
Suicidal individuals often visit primary care providers 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.
There are many reasons for this including fear, stigma and time pressures. Many GPs are unaware of referral points and current best practice care and treatment. Encouraging evidence-based practice and greater integration with other services is critical.
Capacity building and education for GPs is one of the most promising interventions for reducing suicide.
- Delivering Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention (ATSP) to GPs
- Equipping practices with a ‘StepCare’ platform that allows GPs to more easily identify patients in need of support and tailor a treatment plan that is right for them. This includes:
- Universal screening for depression, anxiety and suicidality
- Conversation scripts to help GPs talk to patients about suicide
- Auto-generating mental health treatment plans
- Providing referral pathways and online tools
- Ongoing alerts that assist in the monitoring of patients
- Integration with existing software packages such as Health Pathways
- Building and supporting local multidisciplinary collaborative networks, including coordinating professional development events
- Encouraging the use of e-Mental Health resources by linking GPs in with the e-Mental Health in Practice website
Strategy Summary – Primary Care
This brochure provides community members with a summary of the evidence, what is happening and how you can get involved.
Research Summary - Primary 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.