Rural Suicide Prevention Forums

CRRMH facilitated the  Rural Suicide prevention Forum at the Royal Easter Show in  2017, 2018 and 2019.

2017

 “Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Rural Areas of Australia” Briefing Paper (1263 KB)

The 2017 Rural Suicide Prevention Forum: Working together to prevent suicide in rural communities, focused on the fact that in every state in Australia, the rate of suicide among those who live outside the greater capital cities is higher than that for residents within them. It looked at the issue of rural suicide from different perspectives, with a series of 5-minute presentations, followed by table workshops where participants identified those key issues which should be considered when planning and implementing suicide prevention strategies and approaches for rural settings.

Following on from the forum, a CRRMH Position Paper was developed using suggestions and ideas obtained from participants who attended the Forum. Local and international sources as well as the CRRMH’s experience and research were also used.

Patron of the CRRMH, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of NSW introduces the CRRMH Position Paper on “Rural Suicide and its Prevention”.

Click here for the media release about the 2017 Forum  (282 KB)

                               

2018

The 2018 Rural Suicide Prevention Forum: A coalition for action, looked at Focus Areas 3, 4 and 5 of the Position Paper:

  • Providing support to vulnerable groups in rural and remote populations,
  • Building protective factors in children and young people and;
  • Building healthy and resilient rural people and communities.

Special guests included CRRMH Patron, the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC (Ret’d), National Mental Health Commissioner Lucinda Brogden and NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey.

The ideas and suggestions made at the forum will contribute to the proposed NSW government framework on suicide prevention as well as inform CRRMH research priorities and programs in rural suicide prevention.

Click here for the media release about the 2018 Forum (121 KB)

2019

The 2019 Rural Suicide Prevention Forum: Taking a collaborative approach to community wellbeing, focused on Focus Area 5 of the Position Paper. This is directly related to the CRRMH’s work on community wellbeing collaboratives. The discussion topics were:

  • Gauging and generating community readiness for action
  • Engaging locals in community wellbeing
  • Building collaboration through networks
  • Tracking and measuring progress and success
  • Defining the scope and vision of initiatives

Speakers shared their experiences from Our Healthy Clarence, Muswellbrook Healthy and Well and community consultation work.

Final report  2019 Suicide Prevention Forum Report (1 MB)

Click here for the media release about the 2017 Forum  (282 KB)
Click here for the media release about the 2018 Forum (121 KB)
Click here for the media release about the 2019 Forum (549 KB)

 

  

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