The suicide prevention trial in Tasmania
The Tasmanian component of the National Suicide Prevention Trial is funded through Primary Health Tasmania across three locations: Break O’Day, three north west municipalities (Burnie, Central Coast and Devonport) and Launceston.
All three locations are using the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan suicide prevention model – a community-led approach that is aimed at reducing suicide and suicide attempts by building the capacity of the community to better support people facing a suicide crisis.
Initially slated to end in June 2020, the Australian Government announced in January it would provide $13.4 million in 2020-21 to extend the National Suicide Prevention Trial sites for a further year, including funding to enhance the evaluation of the various suicide prevention activities across the country.
It’s important to keep in mind this is a time-limited trial to test the effectiveness of a new approach – one that involves implementing a range of suicide prevention activities at the same time. It isn’t focused on reducing suicide in particular communities in the short term by putting new services on the ground.
At a statewide level, Primary Health Tasmania is working with pharmacy and general practice organisations to look at ways of supporting community pharmacists and GPs in suicide prevention.
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Read on to find out a bit about how each Tasmanian trial site is taking on the challenge in their local community.