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New suicide attempt service for the Hunter region

4 October 2016

A new support service trial for people who have attempted suicide, and their family and carers, was launched in Newcastle today.

The Way Back Support Service is an Australian first two-year action research trial that will support people within the first three months after a suicide attempt, in an effort to reduce the likelihood of further attempts and ensure people receive treatment and appropriate care. 

Funded by Movember and beyondblue, the Hunter region has been selected as one of three trial sites for the new service which was officially launched this morning at Fort Scratchley by NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley.

The Way Back Support Service will be delivered in partnership by a Newcastle consortium led by Hunter Primary Care.

As part of the service, an innovative first of its kind support group program will be made available to family and carers of people who have attempted suicide, which has been developed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health. 

The Guiding Their Way Back Support Group program will provide carers with the skills and resources needed to respond following a suicide attempt, including an opportunity to access support, learn about others’ experiences, increase understanding of suicide and learn practical tips on how to support someone.  

The support group program will be delivered by Relationships Australia and is funded by beyondblue and local organisations, nib foundation and Greater Charitable Foundation.

The implementation and impact of the Guiding Their Way Back Support Groups will also be evaluated by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health to inform future service delivery and efforts to reduce Australia's suicide rate.

For more information about The Way Back Support Service (NSW) visit: www.hunterprimarycare.com.au/index.php/the-way-back-support-service/

Media release: www.beyondblue.org.au/media/media-releases/media-releases/new-support-service-for-people-who-have-attempted-suicide-in-the-hunter