Resources

Self-help

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Mental Health Online

Mental Health Online (formerly Anxiety Online) is an internet-based treatment clinic for people with mental health problems. It is an initiative of the National eTherapy Centre (NeTC) at Swinburne University of Technology and funded by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing.

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This Way Up

THIS WAY UP provides information, treatment and prevention for individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. Treatments have been shown to be effective in research trials as well as in practice.

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BluePages

BluePages (provided as part of ANU's e-hub Web Services) provides information about treatments for depression, based on scientific evidence. It also provides symptom quizzes, relaxation downloads and links to other helpful resources and services. Research indicates that use of this site can be effective for decreasing depressive symptoms. 

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MoodGYM

MoodGYM (provided as part of ANU's e-hub Web Services) is a popular interactive program for preventing and coping with depression that teaches self-help skills drawn from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. MoodGYM has been extensively researched and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in randomised controlled trials.

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e-couch

e-couch is ANU e-hub Web Services' newest self help interactive program, and includes modules for depression, social anxiety and generalised anxiety as well as bereavement/loss and separation/divorce. It provides self-help interventions drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.

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BlueBoard

BlueBoard, part of ANU's e-hub Web Services is an online support group for people over 18 years affected by depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders or borderline and related personality disorders. It provides space for consumers and carers to share experiences and support. BlueBoard is moderated by consumers using strict safety and privacy protocols. 

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Beacon

Beacon, part of ANU's e-hub Web Services, provides research and consumer reviews of online programs, support groups and mobile applications for mental and physical health disorders.

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e-hub Assist

The e-hub Assist website provides information and resources for people who use e-hub programs and e-facilitators who support others to use e-hub's online self-help programs. It can be used by many people including mental health professionals, other health professionals, teachers, youth workers, carers and support workers.

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eCentreClinic

The eCentreClinic is a not-for-profit initiative of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.  It is an internet based research clinic that develops and tests state-of-the-art free online treatment courses for people with symptons of worry, anxiety (including OCD and PTSD), stress, depression, low mood and other health conditions, including chronic pain.

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myCompass

Developed by a team of health professionals at the Black Dog Institute, and funded by the Australian Government, myCompass is a pioneering e-health initiative designed to simply and effectively promote mental health and wellbeing. Accessible 24/7 from any internet-enabled computer, mobile phone or iPad, the myCompass self-help program assesses user symptoms, then provides a personalised and interactive program that includes online psychological tools, round-the-clock monitoring of moods and behaviours and motivational tips via email and SMS. Most importantly of all, clinical evidence shows that it works. 

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Lifeline

Lifeline is a not-for-profit organisation that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services in Australia.  Lifeline also provides national services and campaigns that promote emotional wellbeing, encourage help seeking, and address suicide prevention and awareness.

Lifeline's services include;

 

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Learn Psychology: Suicide and Depression Awareness Guide for Students (US resource)

Those contemplating suicide or experiencing the depths of a severe depression might not be able to see any other way out of their pain than ending their lives. From teens to college students, LGBT to the elderly, people struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts need options, reassurance, hope and help. This guide provides an understanding and awareness of suicide to college students, as well as helpful prevention resources.

Visit the website here.

Please note: this resource is US based and all emergency and telephone helplines are for those based in the US.  

For Australian based emergency and helplines;

Lifeline: Ph 13 11 44 www.lifeline.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service: Ph 1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Emergency Services: Dial 000

Organisations

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Suicide Prevention Resource Center (US)

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is a US resource funded through U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  It is a national center that helps strengthen the suicide prevention efforts of state, tribal, community, and campus suicide prevention organizations and coalitions, and organizations that serve populations with high suicide rates. It provides technical assistance, training, a variety of resource materials, a current awareness newsletter (The Weekly SPARK), the SPRC Online Library, and customized information pages that outline the roles of various professionals in preventing suicide. 

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National Mental Health Commission (Australia)

The National Mental Health Commission, established as an Executive Agency within the Prime Minister's portfolio, commenced operation on January 1st 2012 and plays a key role in the Government’s commitment to long-term reforms in mental health. It will: manage and administer the annual ‘National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention’; monitor and report on the performance of the mental health system; develop, collate and analyse data and reports from other sources, ensuring a cross sectoral perspective is taken to mental health reform; provide mental health policy advice; and engage consumers and carers in mental health policy and service improvements.

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Suicide Prevention Australia

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) is the national peak body for the suicide prevention sector in Australia with a role in providing policy advice to governments, community awareness and public education, increased involvement in research and a future role in leading Australia’s engagement internationally.

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Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES) (Australia)

CORES is a community based program which trains local trainers to educate local community members about how to be proactive to prevent somebody taking their life, or harming themselves.

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American Association of Suicidology (US)

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a not-for-profit membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.

The AAS website provides information, resources and links to a range or relevant sites.

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International Academy for Suicide Research (IASR) (Canada)

The International Academy for Suicide Research (IASR) is an organisation that promotes high standards of research and scholarship in the field of suicidal behaviour by fostering communicaton and cooperation among scholars engaged in such research.  IASR produces a peer-reviewed journal Archives of Suicide Research, published by Taylor-Francis.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) (US)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.  It seeks to do this by effectively targeting substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system.

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R U OK? Foundation

The R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging all people to regularly, meaningfully ask 'are you ok?' to support those struggling with life. By inspiring people to ask the question, it hopes to contribute to a world where all people are connected and protected from suicide.

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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), UK

NICE guidance helps health and social care professionals deliver the best possible care based on the best available evidence.  They provide independent, authoritative and evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health, reducing inequalities and variation.

Some guidelines and updates produced by NICE and relevant to CRESP include;

Self-harm: The short term physical and psychological management and secondary prevention of self-harm in primary and secondary care - Summary and full guidelines available.

Self-harm: Longer term care and treatment - Full and summary guidelines available.

Self-harm: Quality standard - available in web format.

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The Mental Health Commission of NSW

The Mental Health Commission of NSW is an independent body which helps drive reform that benefits people who experience mental illness and their families and carers.

The Commission is working with the community towards sustained improvement in the support offered to people who experience mental illness and in their access to employment, education, housing, justice and general healthcare.

Research Consortium

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University of Oxford Centre for Suicide Research (UK)

The University of Oxford Centre for Suicide Research is focused on investigation of the causes, treatment and prevention of suicidal behaviour.  In particular, the research programme includes epidemiological studies and investigation of the full range of the causes of suicidal behaviour - psychological, psychiatric, social and biological. We are especially interested in developing and evaluating effective methods of treating people after suicide attempts and preventing suicidal behaviour. We are also concerned with improving care for bereaved relatives and other people affected by suicide.

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University of Quebec, Montreal, Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia (Canada)

The Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia (CRISE) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the Université du Québec à Montréal, with more than forty researchers, practitioners, doctoral and post-doctoral students from four universities and twenty institutions and community organizations in Quebec.  The objective of CRISE activities is to reduce suicide and suicidal behaviours and to reduce the negative consequences of suicide.

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Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (US)

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) is a center-without-walls that promotes a public health approach to suicide prevention through a collaborative process of research. outreach, and education.  Their goal is to draw suicide prevetnion directly into the domain of public health and injury prevetnion and link it to complemenmtary approaches to mental health.  It is one of 11 Injury Control Research Centers funded by the United States Centers for Disease Control.

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McGill Group for Suicide Studies (Canada)

The McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) is a multidisciplinary team interested in the investigation of risk factors associated with suicidal behaviour and related conditions - such as major depressive disorder – using a range of different approaches and methodologies.

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Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP)

The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) is located at Griffith University.  In 2008, it was funded by the Department of Health and Ageing as a Centre of Research Excellence, and plays a key role in the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.  In 2005 it became a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention.

AISRAP conducts research in all aspects of suicide prevention, manages the Queensland Suicide Register, provides education and training for health and allied professionals, and offers postgraduate programs in suicidology and Suicide Prevention Skills Training workshops for professionals and consumers.

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OSPI-Europe: Optimizing Suicide Prevention Programs and their Implementation in Europe

OSPI-Europe: Optimizing Suicide Prevention Programs and their Implementation in Europe 

OSPI-Europe is a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. The goal of OSPI-Europe is to provide EU members with an evidence based prevention concept for suicidality. Further, concrete materials and instruments for running and evaluating these interventions and recommendations for the proper implementation of the intervention will be developed and disseminated.  

More about the Project at the OSPI website.

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Euregenas: European Regions Enforcing Actions Against Suicide

Euregenas: European Regions Enforcing Actions Against Suicide

Euregenas (European Regions Enforcing Actions Against Suicide) is a three years project, funded by the European Union under the Public Health Programme 2008-2013.

The overall objective of the EUREGENAS project is to contribute to the prevention of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and suicide in Europe through the development and implementation of prevention strategies at regional level that can be of use to the European Community as examples of good practice. The Euregenas project brings together 11 regions in Europe with diverse experiences in suicide prevention. 

More about the Euregenas at the Project website.

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The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention 

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, established in September 2010, is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention in the United States.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention envisions a nation free from the tragic experience of suicide. The mission of the Action Alliance is to advance the US National Strategy for Suicide Prevention by championing suicide prevention as a national priority, catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the Strategy, and cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress.

The goal of the Action Alliance is to save 20,000 lives in five years. 

For more information visit the Action Alliance website.  

Strategies

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National Suicide Prevention Strategy (Australia)

The National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) provides the platform for Australia's national policy on suicide prevention with an emphasis on promotion, prevention and early intervention.  The strategy has four key components; the Living is for Everyone (LIFE) Framework, the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Action Framework, the National Suicide Prevention Program (NSPP), and mechanisms to promote alignment with and enhance state and territory suicide prevention activities.

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2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (US)

The US 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (the National Strategy) is the result of a joint effort by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance).

The National Strategy is a call to action that is intended to guide suicide prevention actions in the United States over the next decade. It outlines four strategic directions with 13 goals and 60 objectives that are meant to work together in a synergistic way to prevent suicide in the nation.

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WA Suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-2013

The Western Australia (WA) Suicide Prevention Strategy is aligned with the National Suicide Prevention Strategy: Living is for Everyone (LIFE). It provides a framework and governance structure to guide initiatives in Western Australia for the future.

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NSW Suicide Prevention Strategy 2010-2015

The New South Wales Suicide (NSW) Prevention Strategy 2010-2015 sets out the NSW Government's strategic directions and intended outcomes for suicide prevention in NSW over the next five years, and aligns with the national suicide prevention framework: Living Is For Everyone.

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SA Suicide Prevention Strategy 2010-2016

The South Australian (SA) Suicide Prevention Strategy has resulted from wide consultation throughout SA and describes a whole of community, whole of government approach to suicide prevention that maximises the capacity of health and community services, families and communities to work together to prevent suicide.  The Strategy does not sit in isolation, it is supported and enabled by many existing acts, policies and SA’s Strategic Plan, and aligns with the national suicide prevention framework, Living is for Everyone (LIFE).

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TAS Suicide Prevention Strategy 2010-2014

Tasmania's Suicide Prevention Strategy serves as a sub-strategy of Tasmania’s promotion, prevention and early intervention framework, Building the Foundations for Mental Health and Wellbeing, released on World Mental Health Day in 2009, and has been developed within a mental health promotion, mental ill-health prevetnion and early intervention framework. 

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ACT Managing the Risk of Suicide: A suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-2014

The ACT Government's suicide prevention strategy Managing the Risk of Suicide: A Suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-2014 provides a service development framework to guide an integrated, whole of community approach to suicide prevention across the lifespan in the ACT.

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Public Health Action for the Prevention of Suicide (WHO)

The purpose of this resource published by the World Health Organization is to assist governments in developing and implementing strategies for the prevention of suicide, and to help those that have already initiated the process of conceptualizing national suicide prevention strategies. It also identifies the critical elements of a framework for taking public health action to prevent suicide.  

You can access the document at the WHO website here.

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Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024

The Strategic Plan sets out directions for reform of the mental health system in NSW over the next 10 years. These directions build on those extraordinary strengths we find in individuals, families and communities and hope to supplement them, when requested, with services which respect people and offer them support in ways they find helpful and that fit well with their lives. It maps a demanding agenda for change that puts people – not processes – at the heart of its thinking. 

Download Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 from the Mental Health Commission of NSW website

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NT Suicide Prevention Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018

The NT Suicide Prevention Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018 outlines the next set of programs and initiatives of Northern Territory Government agencies which aim to reduce the incidence and impact of suicide in all Northern Territory communities. Many of these actions strengthen activities already being undertaken while others will involve expanded scope and innovation. The Action Plan is a coordinated approach across 6 Action Areas to ensure a comprehensive program that increases wellbeing and resilience, knowledge and capability among all Territorians. 

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National Mental Health Commission: National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Strategies

The Commonwealth Government tasked the National Mental Health Commission with conducting a national review of mental health programmes and services.  The focus of the review was on assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill-health and their families and other support people to lead a contributing life and to engage productively in the community. 

The final report was provided to the Commonwealth Government on 1 December 2014.  

Research

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A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

This first Report Card casts an independent eye over how we as a nation support the estimated 3.2 million Australians each year who live with a mental health difficulty, their families and support people, and how we provide and co-ordinate the services they need.

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MH Report Card 2012 Supplementary Paper: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention provided a composite picture to reflect the diversity of the journey of different communities and generations.  This supplementary paper, The Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Families and Communities, offers a more in depth picture of that diversity and provides detail behind the wider story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and how this impacts and influences their mental health and wellbeing.

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A Contributing Life: the 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The 2013 Report Card continues the National Mental Health Commission's commitment for change, building upon the foundations and whole of life scope established in the inaugural 'A Contributing Life' Report Card released in 2012. The 2013 Report Card added an additional 8 recommendations for action to the existing 11 recommendations first outlined in 2012, which still stand. An entire chapter within the 2013 Report Card was devoted to reviewing what works in suicide prevention, informed by a Literature Review undertaken by CRESP and the Black Dog Institute for the NMHC. The chapter highlighted some key statistics, and reviewed the evidence base, highlighting the evidence of what works in suicide prevention as well as identifying where the evidence gaps are - all important factors to help better inform suicide prevention activities in Australia.

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Suicidal Behaviours in Men: Determinants and Prevention in Australia

A report, Suicidal Behaviours in Men: Determinants and Prevention in Australia was published in late 2013 by the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP). Male suicide rates are almost universally higher than those of females around the world. This report investigates the phenomenon of suicidal behaviour in men. It presents current research on the factors behind male vulnerability to suicide, how male suicides can be prevented, and activities currently undertaken that aim to reduce suicidal behaviours, with a focus on Australian males. Taking the research into account, the report then provides a range of recommendations to address male suicide in Australia.

Download the report from the AISRAP website.

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The Elder's Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-Harm and Youth Suicide

Thirty-one Indigenous Elders from Northern Australia have contributed to a new report, released on April 22nd 2014, addressing self-harm and suicide prevention amongst Indigenous communities: The Elders' report into preventing Indigenous self-harm and suicide. 

The report was produced as a part of the Culture is life campaign in response to the large increase in Indigenous self-harm and suicide that has occurred in the northern Australia over the past 20 years, with one community recording the highest rate for youth Indigenous suicide in the world.

The report is foreworded by Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, while the introduction is written by Professor Pat Dudgeon, Co-chair of the Aboriginal Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group for the National Mental Health Commission and a leading Indigenous psychologist.

Go to the Elders Report page on the Culture is Life website to download the report.

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Lifeline SROI Study on Online Crisis Support Chat Service

In January 2014 Lifeline published the results of a study undertaken examining the social return on investment (SROI) of Lifeline Online Crisis Support Chat, a crisis intervention service to support suicide prevention in Australia. The study was supported by supported by the MLC Community Foundation. The study found that for each dollar invested in the service, a social return of $8.40 is achieved. 

To read the report please click here

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Suicide and Social Media Report

Suicide and Social Media: A literature review, in-depth internet search and series of stakeholder surveys into using social media for suicide prevention 

New research from the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre has found promising evidence that the benefits of using social media for suicide prevention outweigh the potential risks.

Based in Australia, the team of researchers led by Jo Robinson from Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, consulted with international researchers, organisations and social media users, in order to assess existing knowledge and future possibilities of harnessing social media for suicide prevention.

Critically, the research found that all groups—researchers, organisations and users—believed that the benefits of using social media for suicide prevention are greater than the risks.

The Suicide and Social Media report can be downloaded from the Young and Well CRC website 

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Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours First Aid Guidelines Revised

Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death globally. Friends and family are considered best positioned to provide initial assistance if someone is suicidal. Expert consensus guidelines on how to do this were published in 2008. Re-developing these guidelines was necessary to ensure they contain the most current recommended helping actions and remain consistent with the suicide prevention literature. The re-development of the guidelines has resulted in more comprehensive guidance than the earlier version. These guidelines will form the basis of a suicide prevention course aimed at educating members of the public in providing first aim to someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts.
 
The guidelines can be downloaded from the Mental Health First Aid Australia website.
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NSW Child Death Review Team Annual Report 2013

The purpose of the NSW Child Death Review Team is to prevent or reduce the likelihood of child deaths. The Team reports annually on its work, including data, trends and patterns relating to child deaths, and its recommendations to reduce such deaths. This is the Team’s 18th annual report, and the fourth since the NSW Ombudsman became Convenor.

Download a copy of the Report here.

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The economic cost of suicide and suicide behaviour in the NSW construction industry

MATES in Construction is a community development organisation aimed at reducing suicide and improving mental health and wellbeing within the Australian Construction industry.

Established in Queensland in 2008, MATES in Construction is a federation of independent industry based MATES in Construction organisation in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

MATES in Construction is all about MATES helping MATES – MATES in Construction is an industry led approach to an industry problem. 

Downolad a copy of The economic cost of suicide and suicide behaviour in the NSW construction industry report.

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Approaching suicide as a public health issue (Editorial)

From the Editorial: "Clinicians generally recognize that suicide is a major and increasingly common cause of death, especially in middle-aged men. Less familiar to many clinicians, however, is the concept of suicide as a public health issue. Many groups have recognized the burden of suicide as a critical public health concern, as shown by, for example, the 2012 release of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention by the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Integrating clinical knowledge with a public health approach is essential if we are to reduce this tragic and preventable problem...."

Knox, K. (2014). Approaching suicide as a public health issue. Annals of Internal Medicine, 161(2), 151-152. doi:10.7326/M14-0914  
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Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014

The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report measures the wellbeing of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, including self-harm and mental health.

The report provides information about outcomes across a range of strategic areas such as early child development, education and training, healthy lives, economic participation, home environment, and safe and supportive communities. The report examines whether policies and programs are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians. 

The report is available on Australian Government Productivity Commission website.

 

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A Contributing Life: the 2014 Report Back on the 2012 and 2013 National Report Cards on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

In 2012 the Commission set out ten clear recommendations in the first National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (the Report Card) for governments and others to consider. In 2013 the Commission reported back on progress against those ten recommendations, and made an additional eight recommendations. Due to the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, a Report Card was not produced for 2014. However, a commitment was made to report back to the community, and a short 2014 Report Back on the eighteen recommendations made in the first two Report Cards has been produced.