More support for suicide prevention in Casey and Dandenong

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

SEMPHN is pleased to award Better Place the tender for the delivery of The Way Back Support Service in a consortium with Beyond Blue and Monash Health. The Way Back Support Service is designed to provide follow-up care and practical support to individuals who present at Casey or Dandenong Hospital Emergency Departments after a suicide attempt or who are experiencing a suicidal crisis.

Suicide is the 14th leading cause of death in Australia. Evidence shows 15 to 25 per cent of those who attempt suicide will try again in the three months following discharge from hospital. The Way Back Support Service is designed to guide such people safely through this critical period, by reducing the impact of depression, anxiety and suicidality.

About The Way Back Support Service:
The service uses a non-clinical, assertive outreach service model focused on  connecting people with informal and formal supports by providing guidance, encouragement, motivation and follow-up support.
The intervention is time limited, with support provided within a three-month period immediately following a suicide attempt.

Support provided to people will be collaborative and complementary to existing services to avoid duplication and confusion of service provision.

The services, awarded via open tender, are expected to be available from June 2020.

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