Reflecting on lessons from the Tasmanian suicide prevention trial
The Australian Government has committed to a national evaluation of all 12 regions taking part in the National Suicide Prevention Trial, to learn about what worked, what was challenging, and where future opportunities may exist.
In 2018, Primary Health Tasmania also commissioned researchers from the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Rural Health to explore how the trial unfolded on a local level, to make sure key lessons were captured within the Tasmanian context.
On March 31, 2021, key participants in the Tasmanian component of the National Suicide Prevention Trial came together in Launceston to discuss effective skills and strategies for promoting mental health and wellbeing in their local communities.
For Primary Health Tasmania, these lessons broadly fell into three categories — planning, operational work, and sustainability — and affirmed our commitment to working collaboratively with members of the Tasmanian community, including those with lived experience.
It also enriched our understanding of the co-design process — that is, what works best when working with community members and other organisations to drive suicide prevention efforts.
Moving forward, the evaluation’s insights will furnish other Primary Health Tasmania-related projects and initiatives, such as:
- Future direction of community-based suicide prevention activity in Tasmania
- The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy – Given the significant amount of work underway at a national level to review and develop national suicide prevention policy, it’s been decided to extend the current Tasmanian suicide prevention strategy to 2022 to enable us to consider and incorporate insights and lessons learnt from the national activity. This will ensure that the next suicide prevention strategy for Tasmania is contemporary and informed by the best available evidence. Learn more here.
- Rethink 2020 – Tasmania’s shared mental health plan. Learn more here.
- Working with Communities Toolkit– the key resource that outlines principles for the way we work with consumer groups and communities, and align with the seven safety and quality standards included in the Safety and Quality Framework 2020–23.
Click here to download an infographic produced by the University of Tasmania researchers summarising the state’s trial activity.