Working Group 2: Community Interventions
WORKING GROUP LEAD: TBC
Next meeting: TBC
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SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGIES
Training the community to recognise and respond to suicidality
Many people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts communicate distress through their words or actions but these warning signs may be missed or misinterpreted. This strategy aims to engage our community members in training which will provide them with:
- knowledge and skills to identify warning signs that someone may be suicidal,
- confidence to talk to them about suicidal thoughts, and will
- connect them with professional care.
Engaging the community and providing opportunities to be part of the change
Community engagement and communication can improve local awareness of services and resources, and drive increased participation in prevention efforts across the community.
A key part of this community engagement strategy is coordinating key messaging across local events and engaging local media to maximise the impact of local events and build on the momentum of national campaigns such as RUOK? Day.
Encouraging safe and purposeful media reporting
Adherence to media guidelines
Suicidal behaviour can be learned through the media. Media guidelines supporting the responsible reporting of suicide by the media can reduce suicide rates, and in providing safe, quality media coverage, improve awareness and help seeking.
What is said (or not said) about suicide is important. The community needs to drive the conversation about what is working locally, what people can do to help and where more attention is required. We are supporting local organisations to take a more proactive and coordinated approach to engaging with the media and managing this conversation.