Working Group 1: Health Interventions

Working group lead: TBC

Next meeting: TBC

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Suicide Prevention Strategies

Improving emergency and follow-up care for suicidal crisis

A suicide attempt is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide. This strategy aims to reduce the risk of a repeat suicide attempt, by ensuring there is a coordinated approach to improving the care of people after a suicide attempt.

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Using evidence-based treatment for suicidality

Mental illness, including depression, is associated with a large portion of suicide attempts. This strategy aims to support the provision of accessible and appropriate mental health care to the community. Central to this is ensuring mental health professionals are aware of the latest evidence and best practice care and treatment options.     

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Equipping primary care to identify and support people in distress

Suicidal individuals often visit their GP 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. This strategy will involve building the capacity of GPs and general practices to more easily identify patients in need of support and tailor an evidence-based treatment plan that is right for them.

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Improving the competency and confidence of frontline workers to deal with suicidal crisis

The interactions a suicidal person has with frontline workers such as police, paramedics and emergency department staff, can influence their decision to access and engage with care. Frontline workers themselves are also exposed to stressful situations and trauma and can become vulnerable to suicide. This strategy aims to engage frontline workers in training to build their capacity to respond to those in need – both members of the community and their colleagues.

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