SEMPHN in partnership with the Victorian Government is supporting communities to reduce the incidence of suicide through a coordinated place based approach to suicide prevention across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula and Dandenong District.
The suicide prevention place-based trials are part of an Australia wide reform in suicide prevention driven by the high rates of suicide and the need for a renewed approach.
“A place-based approach will require collaboration among community members, government agencies, community services, businesses and those with lived experience. Place-based approaches build on local community strengths and draw on the knowledge and experience of local residents, services and businesses. They recognise that Victoria is too diverse for a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model to apply everywhere and for everyone when tackling complex issues”. (VCOSS 2017)
The Victorian suicide prevention place based trials aim to;
- reduce suicide rates,
- reduce suicide attempts
- improve a community’s resilience
- improve the systems that work to prevent suicide in an ongoing way
SEMPHN will commission suicide prevention activities in line with the contributing issues related to the high incidence of suicide in a local region and will be guided by the evidence for what works to help reduce the rates. The coordinators will support community driven initiatives and strategies.
Lived Experience Initiative
SEMPHN has commissioned funds to engage those with a lived experience of suicide from the two place based trial sites in workshops and a mentoring program facilitated by Roses in the Ocean, the only organisation with the sole focus of utilizing the wisdom of lived experience of suicide.
The purpose of these activities is:
- To provide a supportive and structured learning environment for people with a lived experience of suicide to shape and share their stories
- For people with a lived experience to gain a level of awareness and understanding of suicide and to consider how they can contribute to suicide prevention activities
For more information about these workshops register with the SEMPHN network news
For available commissioning opportunities register with Tenderlink.
Suicide prevention is a key priority of SEMPHN.
There are a range of government funded community-based suicide prevention activities that are delivered within the SEMPHN region.
These services range from after-care and support to families and friends following a suicide, to training and development for health professionals and community activities.
People at low risk of suicide (as determined by a suicide risk assessment) can be referred to the Suicide Prevention Service of ATAPS.
SEMPHN is exploring community-based suicide prevention initiatives focused on people at risk of attempting and/or those who have attempted suicide, to complement existing services in the region. Specifically, this includes the provision of prevention and after care support. SEMPHN is co-designing with the sector to implement an appropriate model of care.
Commissioning opportunities for suicide prevention will be released in early 2017.
You can register your interest for funding opportunities. You will receive updates about the tender process, including guidelines and timelines, when available.
See more information about mental health for General Practice and health professionals.
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