Department of Health

Community suicide prevention resource now available

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A practice guide for establishing a place-based approach to suicide prevention and response has just been released, with a focus on community level solutions.

Every person lost to suicide is a devastating tragedy for their family and community. This guide will support local communities to develop, codesign and deliver place-based suicide prevention and response activities, to better support Victorians at risk of suicide.

It offers practical advice from people with lived experience of suicidality and bereavement, and workers on the ground, and steps out how to plan, manage and facilitate suicide prevention in the community. It includes practical strategies for suicide prevention, governance models and a focus on the importance of lived experience.

Aimed at local organisations, government, peak bodies and community groups, the guide was written using the large knowledge base developed during 12 place-based suicide prevention trials that ran from 2016 to 2022 across the state.

These trials brought together local services and community groups such as schools, businesses, police, local councils, health services and the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector together to deliver a range of activities - collecting knowledge on local needs and what works at the community level.

The trials lay the foundation for the system-based, whole-of-government approach to suicide prevention, acknowledging that there are a broad range of factors that contribute to suicide and the needs of every Victorian in distress are different.

The guide to local suicide prevention is available at the A guide to local suicide prevention page.

The words community and listening are the most important for place-based suicide prevention work, and they should be the priorities for future work. Suicide prevention work should be local-led – you need the local people telling you what local people need.” – Di, Mildura

Reviewed 07 October 2022

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