National Suicide Prevention Trial Workshop
Published: 9 February, 2018
Implementation co-ordinators from National Suicide Prevention trial sites all across Australia met in Sydney this week to discuss challenges and potential opportunities within suicide prevention approaches.
This week, the Black Dog Institute brought together representatives from Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia to discuss the breadth and depth of their suicide prevention programs.
As part of the Black Dog Institute’s support to the National Suicide Prevention Trials, Black Dog’s LifeSpan team led a collaborative, interactive workshop for site implementation coordinators to share insights and discuss risks and opportunities within their approach to suicide prevention.
The two-day workshop included professionals, academics and lived experience advocates, and covered sessions including connecting different sites with similar challenges, working collaboratively on common issues and dealing with the media.
Lived experience professionals also presented their perspectives in delivering the most appropriate way of responding to critical incidents in an empathetic way.
The workshop featured representatives from the Australian Department of Health, the University of Melbourne, Everymind (Mindframe), headspace, United Synergies (Stand By – Support After Suicide), the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and the Black Dog Institute.
Led by Primary Health Networks across Australia, the National Suicide Prevention Trials focus on targeted suicide prevention activities based on local needs and at-risk populations. Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan team are sharing best practice insights from their work in NSW to provide flexible support in guiding the rollout of these trials.
If you or someone you know is in crisis please call one of the following national helplines:
LIFELINE COUNSELLING SERVICE - 13 11 14
SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE 1300 659 467 (cost of a local call)