Last year the NSW government announced it would commit $87 million over three years in new suicide prevention initiatives that address the priorities in its Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-23, and contribute to the Premier’s Priority to reduce the suicide rate by 20 per cent by 2023.
They are providing crisis support, community support and systems support. NSW is actually setting up multiple crisis response services on the ground in communities around the state. 20 Safe Haven services – alternatives to the Emergency Department, 15 Mobile Crisis Outreach teams, 9 aftercare services, 15 counsellors in rural locations. These are new, recurrent services. It is a complete change in the landscape of suicide prevention from the top heavy focus we have had on national organisations/telephone lines, and training, and counting, and short term projects and let’s face it, the negligible funding of suicide prevention in the past.
The NSW government is following AISRAP’s example and setting up a suicide register, only the second in the country. It is going to fund “evidence-based, effective and innovative community based programs” and set up Lived Experience Advisory Groups in each local health district.
Individual crisis care and aftercare support
- Redirection from Emergency Departments (Safe Havens)
Twenty services in all local health districts across NSW providing immediate support for suicidal people as an alternative to an Emergency Department.
- Suicide Prevention Outreach Teams
Fifteen crisis teams responding to people in a suicidal crisis in the community.
Support for individuals following a suicide attempt in nine sites across NSW.
- Youth Aftercare Pilot
Youth-oriented aftercare services for young people who have self-harmed in two NSW locations.
- Enhancement to Rural Counselling
Fifteen new counsellor positions in nine rural local health districts.
- Community Gatekeeper Training
Suicide prevention awareness training for community members.
- Building on Resilience in Aboriginal Communities
Twelve culturally appropriate suicide prevention programs in Aboriginal communities across NSW.
- Community Response Packages for Priority Groups
Resources for community groups to raise awareness and improve responsiveness to suicide.
- Supporting Suicide Prevention Collaboratives
Support for existing collaboratives and development of new collaboratives through knowledge exchange.
- Suicide Prevention Alert System
Trialing a protocol in local collaboratives to rapidly respond to people at imminent risk.
- Post Suicide Support
Community based support services for bereaved families, friends, colleagues, first responders and others in the community impacted by suicide.
- Expanding Peer Support and Peer Led Initiatives
Enhancement to models of care, systems and infrastructure
- Zero Suicides in Care
Based on the Zero Suicide framework with the goal of eliminating suicide deaths and attempts in acute and community mental health settings.
- Training in Non-Mental Health and Non-Health environments
Suicide prevention skills training for government employees and NGO partners .
- NSW Data Suicide Register
NSW’s first register of suicide data.
- Towards Zero Suicides Premier’s Priority.
- Suicide Prevention Fund
Funding evidence-based, effective and innovative community based programs.
- Lived Experience Advisory Groups
The establishment of a statewide Lived Experience Advisory Group and local health district advisory groups of people with lived experience of suicide to inform the co-design and implementation of the Towards Zero Suicides initiatives.
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Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)
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