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Suicide prevention

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Risk and protective factors in suicide prevention

Suicidal behaviours, both fatal and non-fatal, result from interactions between a variety of risk factors and a lack of protective factors across a person’s life span.

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The evidence base of suicide prevention

If we can identify the critical components of effective suicide prevention activities, we will be better placed to ensure that resourcing and effort is applied to those activities that are most likely to reduce suicide in Australia.

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Types of suicide prevention activities

Suicide prevention can involve all levels of society; from individuals and families to local, State and Commonwealth Governments. Anyone can help people at risk of suicide to feel supported during times of adversity so they don’t see suicide as their only option.

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Working together for suicide prevention

Suicide prevention in Australia is best achieved through collaboration: when individuals, families, health and community organisations, workplaces, governments and communities work together in an environment of trust and common good.

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Principles for conducting suicide prevention activities

This fact sheet sets out the principles for effective suicide prevention and considerations for planning and conducting activities.

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The LIFE Framework for suicide prevention

Suicide takes the lives of more than two thousand Australians every year and has devastating affects on families, friendship groups, workplaces and communities. Reducing suicide is the responsibility of all Australians and this is best achieved by a coordinated response across the community.

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Suicide prevention in Indigenous communities

It is essential that services for Indigenous people acknowledge and respect the cultural differences in communication, understandings about health, and how Indigenous people interact with support services.

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The project approach to suicide prevention activities

The success of each and every project often depends on intangible but equally important factors such as teamwork, leadership, a shared belief in the vision, the quality and clarity of communication, and mutual trust within the project team.

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Lifeline’s Approach to Suicide Prevention

Lifeline’s approach to suicide prevention is based on a belief that it is possible to intervene in a suicidal crisis through the offer of help, and that this can save a life.

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Project evaluation

It is assumed that all suicide prevention activities will be systematically evaluated.

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