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Communities Matter – a small town resource

Suicide Prevention Toolkit – A Small Town Resource

Mental Health Commission of NSW and Suicide Prevention Australia have partnered to deliver this wonderful resource aimed at smaller communities. The objective of the toolkit is to provide a platform for conversation whether it be initiated by an individual in the community or an established group/NGO that wants to continue the work they have begun in their community addressing suicide, by adding other resources or activities.

The Key Principles

The content and format of the toolkit reflects the following key principles:

  • The community is best placed to identify its local needs and priorities.
  • Suicide prevention is everybody’s business and is a shared community responsibility, involving individuals, families and government and non-government agencies at local, state and national levels.
  • A community needs support and information on what approaches could be used for the whole community, for specific groups within the community and for individuals at risk to help inform its decisions and actions.
  • Community-driven suicide prevention also needs processes that enable input from, and consultation with the community, experts and those who have attempted or are bereaved by suicide. This will ensure that the activities the community implements are accessible, appropriate and responsive to the social and cultural needs of the people it aims to support and assist.
  • Community action can result in a once-off activity or can involve a range of activities that occur over a longer period of time.
  • It is important for the community to reflect on whether the activity it has undertaken has been effective. That is, evaluation should be part of a community suicide prevention action plan.  postquote1


A wonderful resource for small communities with incredibly thorough detailed sections on:

  • Dos & Dont’s.
  • What can the community do?
  • How to mobilise your community.
  • Beginning the conversation.
  • Working towards a prevention action plan.
  • Promotion of positive mental health.
  • Working with the media.
  • Background information on suicide.
  • Further Resources.

It is a lengthy document but very user friendly with clear language and easy to follow hyperlinks placed throughout to allow for intuitive use. IIOY can’t praise the information provided enough – easy to make reference to including really great current info for example:

Page 27 on Myths and Facts. Click the snapshot below to get a closer look.

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You can follow this link for free access to the view or download the full document/toolkit.

IIOY would like to invite you to speak to someone from Lifeline on 13 11 14 or other support services if this article has raised any feelings of distress.






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