Using evidence-based treatment for suicidality
What do we know?
Ensuring that accessible and appropriate mental health care is available to those who need it the most.
Mental illness, including depression, is associated with a large portion of suicide attempts. Providing accessible and appropriate mental health care is essential to suicide prevention.
Central to this is ensuring mental health professionals are aware of the latest evidence and best practice care and treatment options. Information sharing between care providers also needs to be enhanced.
What is happening?
- Delivering Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention (ATSP) clinicians;
- Developing and sharing guidelines and resources (e.g. evidence-based guidelines for the most effective treatments);
- Encouraging the use of telehealth and e-Mental Health tools;
- Developing improved consent tools to enable better sharing of information between health services, as well as other support people (e.g. family and friends);
- Developing a referral listing and building and supporting local multidisciplinary networks (i.e. closing the gaps between primary care, allied health and the hospital system).
What are the updates?
Launch of the Delphi Guidelines for crisis and follow-up care in emergency departments and other acute settings
- The Guidelines for integrated suicide-related crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute settings are a series of recommended strategies and an accompanying clinical implementation guide, published in November 2017.
- It is hoped that the guidelines can be used by those working in acute settings to inform service planning, better equip and support staff to work effectively with those at risk of suicide, and guide empathic, compassionate responses to people experiencing suicidal crisis.
- The Guidelines were produced by the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan initiative in collaboration with leading clinicians and those with a lived experience of suicide attempt.
Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention (ATSP) and Talking about Suicide in General Practice (TASGP)
25 courses in LifeSpan Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention (ATSP) and Talking about suicide in General Practice (TASGP) have been delivered across the four LifeSpan trial sites (Newcastle, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Central Coast and Murrumbidgee). Of the 271 attendees within the four LifeSpan trial sites, 163 were health professionals (General Practitioners, Psychologists or Allied Health Professionals)
- The StepCare digital screening service has shown that 37.5% of patients reporting mental health issues had never seen a GP for their mental health prior to using StepCare.
- StepCare has been implemented in general practices in three of the four LifeSpan sites (Newcastle, Central Coast and Illawarra Shoalhaven) and is in pre-implementation in Murrumbidgee.
- StepCare train-the-trainer workshops have been held in all four NSW trial sites, with sessions also held in the ACT trial site.
Strategy Summary - Evidence-based treatment
This brochure provides community members with a summary of the evidence, what is happening and how you can get involved.
Research Summary - Evidence-based treatment
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.