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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.

Suicidal ideation

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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. 

Published: July 2017 by Kids Helpline and yourtown

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.