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 will test different approaches to reducing suicide and self-harm. It will connect new and existing suicide prevention activities and build community capacity to better support people facing a suicide crisis. The results from each site will be assessed independently and shared nationally to help inform more effective suicide prevention activities across Australia.
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 Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan suicide prevention model will be used in Tasmania and at many other trial sites. The LifeSpan approach to suicide prevention combines nine evidence-based strategies into local suicide prevention action plans developed and implemented by community working groups, and managed by host organisations based in St Helens, Launceston and the North West.
As part of the Trial, Primary Health Tasmania has purchased licences for QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Training through the Black Dog Institute. QPR is an on-line course that aims to teach people three simple steps that can help save a life from suicide. Primary Health Tasmania is encouraging individuals and organisations in Tasmania interested in suicide prevention to complete QPR training. To enrol or to find out more read the QPR Gatekeeper Training fact sheet.
Primary Health Tasmania will work with existing services and programs to ensure that future programs are meeting the needs of the community and are 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 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.
Primary Health Tasmania does not offer health services, crisis, or emergency support.
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