National Suicide Prevention Symposium
The Black Dog Institute hosted a 2-day national suicide prevention symposium in Canberra. Bringing together for the first time the 29 Black Dog Institute supported suicide prevention trials from across Australia, the Symposium was an opportunity to reflect on the collective experience of implementing a systems approach to suicide prevention.
The National Suicide Prevention Symposium was an opportunity to:
- Share what we know collectively about ‘how to do’ systems and different ways sites have overcome challenges and barriers;
- Learn how trial site activities are evaluated at the local level, and how these learnings will be shared;
- Engage in interdisciplinary workshops to cover key suicide prevention issues;
- Share knowledge from sites working with priority populations and local adaptations;
- Explore which elements of the trials are sustainable, and consider other aspects to effective suicide prevention; and
- Understand how suicide prevention activities inform local, regional, state and federal planning and policy processes.
The event was interactive and designed to facilitate knowledge exchange. Participants had the opportunity to share professional and community expertise to enhance and sustain national suicide prevention activities.
National Suicide Prevention Symposium Resources
- Report: Download the 2019 National Suicide Prevention Symposium Report
- Program: Download the 2019 NSPS Program
- Site booklet: Download the 2019 NSPS Booklet
- Event photos: View here
- Alex Hains: Sustaining a Collaborative Approach to Suicide Prevention
- Leilani Darwin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Suicide Prevention
- Merryl White: Navigating a Systems Approach – Mildura Place-Based Suicide Prevention Trial
- Ray Martin: Operation Compass Townsville video
- Ros Garity: Symposium Reflections and Learnings – ACT LifeSpan
- Tegan Cotterill: LifeSpan Integrated Suicide Prevention – Saving Lives