People experiencing mental illness often face a greater risk of suicide than people with good mental health.
Those experiencing suicidal thoughts often find it difficult to approach or engage with appropriate services because of the shame and stigma associated with suicide.
The Department of Health & Human Services has produced a detailed series of guidelines on Working with the suicidal person, which aim to help mental health services and clinicians to assess, manage and work with people who have made a suicide attempt or are at risk of taking their own lives.
Suicide risk assessment
Working with the suicidal person, has practices and principles to aid assessment and manage people at risk.
Suicide risk - treatment and care of people at risk
Treatment and care of people at risk of suicide should be appropriate and involve the person in planning.
Suicide - discharge and follow-up of a person at risk
Suicide risk is at its greatest just after discharge from inpatient care. Maintain continued care.
Suicide - overcoming language barriers for people at risk
Language can be a major barrier when assessing and treating people at risk of suicide or self-harm.
Suicide risk and Aboriginal people
Suicide incidence in Aboriginal communities is estimated as 40 per cent higher than in the wider population.
Reviewed 28 May 2015