Suicide prevention trial

Please note: Primary Health Tasmania does not offer health services, crisis or emergency support. See below for more information.

Tasmania is one of 12 sites around the country taking part in an Australian Government-funded trial aimed at exploring how a coordinated approach can help local communities reduce suicide.

Primary Health Tasmania is coordinating implementation of the trial in this state, working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Tasmanian Health Service, the Black Dog Institute, organisations focused on suicide prevention and mental health, and local communities.

The Australian Government has provided $3 million for the Tasmanian component of the trial, which is scheduled to run until 30 June 2019.

The national trial represents a major opportunity to test different approaches to reducing suicide and self-harm. It will connect and coordinate new and existing suicide prevention activities and build community capacity to better support people facing a suicide crisis.

Each of the 12 trial sites is focusing its work on at least one priority population group in one or more locations.

Men aged 40-64 plus men and women over the age of 65 in the Break O’Day, Launceston, Burnie, Devonport and Central Coast local government areas will be the focus of the Tasmanian component of the trial.

The results from each site will be assessed independently and shared nationally to help inform more effective suicide prevention activities across Australia.

Implementation of the national trial is being supported by the Black Dog Institute, whose LifeSpan suicide prevention model will be used in Tasmania and at many other trial sites.

LifeSpan is a world-class approach to suicide prevention which combines nine evidence-based strategies into one community-led initiative. It aims to build a safety net for the community by connecting and coordinating new and existing suicide prevention activities and building the capacity of the community to better support people facing a suicide crisis.

Now that Tasmania’s focus population groups and locations have been identified, the next steps are to work with the local communities and the trial advisory group to look at what suicide prevention activity is already on the ground, where it fits within the LifeSpan framework, and what needs to be developed to fill the gaps.

Primary Health Tasmania will work with existing services and programs to ensure that future programs are meeting the needs of the community and not duplicating what is already in place. Activity will align with and complement the State Government’s Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2016-2020.

More information

Read our fact sheet about the trial

More information about LifeSpan is available here

For more information about the trial, call us on 1300 653 169 or send us a message

For more information about Primary Health Tasmania’s mental health activities, call us on 1300 653 169 or via email

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