This section includes a collection of suicide prevention resources for people in the suicide prevention sector, as well as those working in mental health, government, business and community groups.
Resources listed are accessed at the user's discretion and are not endorsed by Life in Mind. Read the Life in Mind disclaimer.
Spot the Signs Card
This resource describes signs and symptoms of depression and details of where to seek help.
This resource is an informative booklet provided to teachers, parents and carers of young people to inform them of mental health and suicide risks and signs and where and when to seek help. Within this resource, we discuss how to have conversations surrounding mental health in a safe way. This booklet is a part of the Stay ChatTY Schools Program.
This is the reference link to the Stay ChatTY Schools Program Parent/Teacher booklet.
This resource outlines what is covered within a Stay ChatTY Presentation; a presentation by the founder of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, Mitch McPherson, exploring his lived experience of bereavement from suicide in an engaging and informative way.
This flyer outlines the Stay ChatTY Schools Program for Grades 9-12.
StandBy Support After Suicide
StandBy flyer showing a map of the regions and contact details of sites across Australia which provide 24/7 support to people & communities bereaved or impacted by suicide.
Standby's Support After Suicide works, according to an independent evaluation of the StandBy program, conducted by The Science of Knowing in 2018.
State of the Nation in Suicide Prevention: A survey of the suicide prevention sector
Suicide Prevention Australia designed the State of the Nation in Suicide Prevention Survey to gather in-depth intelligence from their membership and the broader suicide prevention sector. The survey, and this report, are structured around four key themes: the current operating environment; risks and protective factors; our National Policy Platform priorities of whole of government reform, accurate, reliable data and workforce strategy; and the funding environment. The information we have gathered on this area will inform Suicide Prevention Australia's policy and advocacy work in 2020/21.
Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW
The NSW Mental Health Commission is consulting with individuals and organisations across the state on the creation of a ‘Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW’, on behalf of the NSW Government. The project is focused on understanding the unique strengths and needs of individual communities and applying these to an effective state-wide approach. A key part is listening to community feedback on what is working and where more or new effort is needed.
The NSW Mental Health Commission together with the Ministry of Health will consider how the Framework will sit across the activities of government in suicide prevention. The Commission expects to provide the Minister for Mental Health with a Framework that is practical and based upon both the evidence and people's own lived experience in late 2018.
Stress Less Conversation Pack
The Stress Less Conversation Pack has been designed to increase conversations about stress amongst teams who work together. It has also been found to be useful for those who educate or support young people with special needs and as a tool within families where one or more members experience mental health challenges. The pack consists of a stress meter, 4 posters which describe different levels of stress, a set of cardboard coasters and a set of question cards to encourage conversations around individual stress levels and strategies to reduce stress.
Suicidal Behaviors in Men: Determinants and Prevention in Australia
Male suicide rates are almost universally higher than those of females around the world. In Australia, death by suicide is three- to four-times more common in men than in women, although women engage in more non-fatal suicidal behaviours. Specific male groups—such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, men of sexual minorities, old and young men, and men working in stressful conditions or who are imprisoned—are at even greater risk of suicide.
This report investigates the phenomenon of suicidal behaviour in men. It presents current research on 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.
This resource dispels common myths surrounding suicidal ideation and summarises the latest evidence.
The term ‘suicidal ideation’ refers to thoughts that life isn’t worth living, ranging in intensity from fleeting thoughts through to concrete, well thought-out plans for killing oneself, or a complete preoccupation with self-destruction. These thoughts are not uncommon among young people. It is estimated that approximately 30% of adolescents aged 12-20 have thought about suicide at some point in their lives, with around 20% reporting having had such thoughts in the previous year.
The majority of young people who experience suicidal ideation will not go on to take their lives, however any report of suicidal ideation should be taken seriously
This resource dispels common myths surrounding self-harm and summarises the latest evidence.
This research bulletin summarises findings from recent literature on the evidence for gatekeeper training programs and identifies opportunities.
Suicide is the leading underlying cause of death among young Australians aged 15 to 24 years and accounted for one-third of deaths (33.9%) in this age group in 2015.
While the majority of young people experiencing suicidal thoughts or engaging in self-harm do not seek professional help, they do seek help from informal sources of support in their social networks.
Therefore, up-skilling the people that regularly come into contact with young people in the community, such as teachers, school personnel or peers is a focus of many suicide-prevention strategies.
Suicidal Thoughts Start Young: The Critical Need for Family Support and Early Intervention
Between 2011 and 2015, 89 children aged 14 years or younger died by suicide and Kids Helpline data show that many more think about suicide.
Concerningly, ABS data suggest that suicide rates in this age group are increasing, but very little research about the help-seeking experiences of this group exists.
In this presentation we reported analysis of two sources of data about help-seeking by this age group: Kids Helpline contact data from the past five years, and yourtown’s survey of children and young people with lived experience of suicide, which included 139 (29.4%) respondents aged 14 years or younger.
Suicide in Indigenous Populations of Queensland
The main objective of this study was to describe and analyse the trends and characteristics of suicides among the Indigenous population of Queensland. Specific outcomes of the report include: 1. a review of the international and Australian literature on epidemiology and characteristics of Indigenous suicide, focusing on historical, social and cultural issues and the impact of suicide contagion 2. analysis of the extensive data on all suicide cases collected through the Queensland Suicide Register from 1994 to 2006, comparing the trends of suicide mortality and key characteristics of Indigenous and non-Indigenous suicides 3. enhanced understanding of the particularities of suicidal behaviours to enable policy interventions for communities
Suicide in Queensland: Annual Report 2019
The Suicide in Queensland Annual Report 2019 (Suicide in Queensland) provides recent suicide trends in Queensland to help target and inform suicide prevention activities in Queensland by understanding the circumstances in which suicides occurred. This report focuses on information from the years 2013 to 2018. The information comes from a public health surveillance system - the Queensland Suicide Register (QSR) and the interim Queensland Suicide Register (iQSR).
Citation: Leske, S., Crompton, D., & Kõlves, K. (2019). Suicide in Queensland: Annual Report 2019. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University.