Workshops bringing together regional communities to create a collaborative plan for suicide prevention action

Everymind, in partnership with Hunter New England Local Health District, HMRI Healthy Minds Research Program and Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network, has conducted a series of strategic suicide prevention planning priority workshops in local communities to develop a collaborative plan for action.

The workshops were held in the Manning, Hunter, and New England regions with co-facilitation from Everymind and partnering bodies.

Community members, including people with lived and living experience of suicide, service providers, clinicians and researchers, attended the workshops taking the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience about local needs, services and practice pressures in suicide prevention. Participants shared their understanding of existing strengths as well as capabilities that need to be developed.

"There is lots of activity in suicide prevention, but it is not always 'joined up' or driven by a good understanding of local concerns or systems,"

Dr Jaelea Skehan OAM, Everymind Director.

"The workshops drew strong attendance and enthusiasm and further highlighted the importance of working with communities to better understand the experiences and needs of local people. It was a privilege to see the participants come together and collectively discuss solutions and build on existing strengths for this region. The passion and determination for the community really stood out”.

A final report synthesising the data from the three regions is currently being compiled and will be shared with workshop attendees upon completion.

Thank you

Everymind and our partners would like to thank the participants who shared their insights across each workshop.

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