Our work in suicide prevention
We are leading local and national work in suicide prevention – including piloting new programs to support communities and families, developing suicide prevention policy and workforce development approaches and delivering national communication initiatives.
Suicide prevention is a core area of work for us at the Hunter Institute. We are guided by evidence and our values in all the work we do. Our work includes:
- Undertaking and advocating for a comprehensive and evidence informed approach to the prevention of suicide
- Building the capacity of diverse workforces to contribute to the prevention of suicide
- Developing suicide prevention policy that is informed by current evidence as well as workforce and community needs
- Increasing the understanding of the link between the prevention of suicide, prevention of mental ill-health, and the prevention of other health and behavioural risks
- Developing, testing and implementing scalable suicide prevention initiatives and programs
- Leading the development of better connections across prevention approaches and service systems
- Contributing to the evidence base for suicide prevention, with a focus on translational research.
Our organisation and our staff play a leading role in suicide prevention nationally and internationally.
In addition to our programs and research, we support broader suicide prevention work across Australia and the world.
Our organisation is a member of:
- International Association for Suicide Prevention
- Suicide Prevention Australia (organisational member)
- The National Coalition for Suicide Prevention.
Our director and/or other staff at the Hunter Institute are a current member of:
- National Advisory Group for Suicide Prevention
- NSW Suicide Prevention Advisory Group
- NSW Mental Health Commission, Community Advisory Group
- International Taskforce for Suicide and the Media
- RUOK Day Conversations Think Tank
- Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Community Advisory Group.
We have a diverse and passionate team who are dedicated to the prevention of suicide.
Our skills in suicide prevention include:
- Translating evidence into scalable prevention programs and practical resources that are fit-for-purpose
- Delivering effective and tailored responses to prevention of suicide at a regional and national level
- Working with a range of health and non-health sectors, communities and partners
- Workforce development – including the development and delivery of workforce plans, tailored training and training packages
- Policy development – including whole of community responses as well as workplace responses
- Research and evaluation
- Strategic communication and stakeholder management.
We are competent and experienced in working with a broad range of stakeholders to prevent suicide and suicidal behaviour such as:
- Health services, community services and non-government organisations
- Educational settings- including schools, early childhood services, universities and registered training organisations
- Media and communication organisations
- Workplaces and industries
- Governments and policy makers
- Families and carers
- Emergency services
- Research organisations
- People with a lived experience of suicide.
- Communities - including priority populations such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex, and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.