As part of its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, the Australian Government outlined a renewed approach to suicide prevention. PHNs have been tasked with commissioning regionally appropriate suicide prevention activities and services. Our PHN works with our two Local Hospital Districts and other local organisations to support and target people at risk of suicide. This regional approach focuses on effective local coordination and management, and allows for community needs and strengths to be recognised.
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Complete Suicide Prevention Service
The aim of the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) is to offer a holistic suicide prevention service to Newcastle and Hunter communities in our region through a three pronged approach to suicide prevention—Prevention, Intervention and Postvention in order to target the spectrum of suicide prevention in the specified area.
In our region we fund Lifeline to conduct the program.
The Farm-Link program responds to the mental health needs of rural communities.
Farm-link program provides health promotion and targeted suicide prevention activities by increasing capacity through links with those best connected to rural farming communities. It provides evidence based interventions, with a commitment to measuring, evaluating and reporting on the work that it does in order to feedback to the HNECC regional suicide prevention strategy.
LifeSpan is an innovative, world-class approach to suicide prevention. It is the new name for the Systems Approach to Suicide Prevention initially developed on behalf of the NSW Mental Health Commission by the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) and Black Dog Institute. Development involved extensive collaboration and input from partners across the sector and also included representatives with lived experience.
In December 2015, Black Dog Institute received an independent philanthropic grant from the Paul Ramsay Foundation to deliver LifeSpan in four sites in NSW whilst scientifically assessing the impact of LifeSpan. HNECCPHN is part of two initial pilot sites in NSW as part of this grant. Newcastle starts planning in October 2016 and Central Coast in May 2017 for this ‘all of community systems approach’ to suicide prevention.