Beyond Blue is working to ensure everyone experiencing suicidal thoughts, suicide ideation and self harm can get the help they need when they need it.
Even though over the last five years there has been a large investment in suicide prevention, much of the system is yet to be built.
Crisis services are not available everywhere and there is little to no focus on early intervention. For those who may be thinking about or planning suicide, or are in a state of distress that could escalate into suicide, there aren't many pathways into care. Worse still, those who do engage with the mental health system often experience stigma.
To address this Beyond Blue is suggesting the Australian Government builds a suicide prevention system where every person who experiences suicidality (ranging from pre-suicidal distress, to after attempt, to chronic suicidal ideation) has access to care that is compassionate and appropriate to their needs.
How you can help us get it right
To help form the policy suggestions Beyond Blue will put forward, we're hosting two interactive workshops and conversations with other people in the mental health system.
Health professionals and Blue Voices members will provide feedback and opinions on building a service system that meets the needs of people who are experiencing suicidal ideation or in pre-suicidal distress.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to have your say on the position Beyond Blue will take on this important matter.
The feedback from the workshops will directly guide the policy submission.
In September 2018 Beyond Blue ran a 'Policy Reform Survey' to help us better understand how we should influence mental health and suicide prevention policies in Australia.
Almost 700 people took part in the Policy Reform Survey and the results showed three key areas where Beyond Blue can best push for change to improve mental health outcomes:
- Early Intervention / Low Intensity Services
- Childhood Mental Health Services and Education
- Suicide Prevention Services and Education
We're now hosting a series of workshops focused on these three areas to test the ideas and take them to the next level of detail. The workshops will gather insights for the three focus areas on the following questions:
- How would these ideas work in practice?
- How do we build on what’s working and let go of what isn’t?
- What are the challenges and how should we tackle them?
- How can we partner with others to have greater influence?
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) will be conducting the workshops.
Applications for the suicide prevention policy workshops are now closed. If you're interested in this project please contact the Blue Voices team
for an update and more information.