Our work in suicide prevention

We are leading local and national work in suicide prevention – including piloting new programs to support communities and families, developing policy and delivering world-leading media and communication initiatives. 

Suicide prevention is a core area of work for us at Everymind. We are guided by evidence and our values in all the work we do. Our work includes: 

  • Undertaking and advocating for a comprehensive and evidence informed approach to the prevention of suicide
  • Building the capacity of diverse workforces to contribute to the prevention of suicide
  • Developing suicide prevention policy that is informed by current evidence as well as workforce and community needs
  • Increasing the understanding of the link between the prevention of suicide, prevention of mental ill-health, and the prevention of other health and behavioural risks
  • Developing, testing and implementing scalable suicide prevention initiatives and programs
  • Leading the development of better connections across prevention approaches and service systems
  • Contributing to the evidence base for suicide prevention, with a focus on translational research.

Our Institute and our staff play a leading role in suicide prevention nationally and globally.

In addition to our programs and research, we support broader suicide prevention work across Australia and the world.

Our Institute is a member of:

  • International Association for Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide Prevention Australia (organisational member)
  • The National Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

Our director and/or other staff at Everymind are a current member of:

  • National Advisory Group for Suicide Prevention
  • NSW Suicide Prevention Advisory Group
  • NSW Mental Health Commission, Community Advisory Group
  • International Taskforce for Suicide and the Media (IASP)
  • RUOK Day Conversations Think Tank
  • Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Community Advisory Group.

We have a diverse and passionate team who are dedicated to the prevention of suicide.

Our skills in suicide prevention include:

  • Translating evidence into scalable prevention programs and practical resources that are fit-for-purpose
  • Delivering effective and tailored responses to prevention of suicide at a regional and national level
  • Working with a range of health and non-health sectors, communities and partners
  • Workforce development – including the development and delivery of workforce plans, tailored training and training packages
  • Policy development – including whole of community responses as well as workplace responses
  • Research and evaluation
  • Strategic communication and stakeholder management.

We are competent and experienced in working with a broad range of stakeholders to prevent suicide and suicidal behaviour such as:

  • Health services, emergency services, community services and non-government organisations
  • Educational settings- including schools, early childhood services, universities and registered training organisations
  • Media and communication organisations
  • Workplaces and industries
  • Governments and policy makers
  • Families and carers
  • Research organisations
  • People with a lived experience of suicide. 
  • Communities - including priority populations such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex, and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.

Related programs

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Life in Mind

Life in Mind is a new national initiative that will connect organisations, programs, researchers and professionals working in suicide prevention to each other, and the community, by providing a digital platform for knowledge exchange around suicide prevention activities across Australia.

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Mindframe National Media Initiative

Mindframe encourages the responsible, accurate and sensitive representation of mental illness and suicide in the Australian mass media by collaborating with media and various sectors that work with the media. 

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LifeSpan Newcastle

LifeSpan is a new evidence-based model for integrated, regional suicide prevention in Australia, involving the simultaneous implementation of nine key strategies to reduce suicide. Newcastle is the first site to pilot the integrated approach in NSW and is being led by the Hunter Alliance.

Related resources

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Mindframe for media professionals

Valuable resources for those who work in the media who have any involvement with the reporting or portrayal of suicide and mental illness.

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Conversations Matter community resources

A range of practical resources relevant for individuals, families, community groups, workplaces and educational settings are available.

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