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Suicide Prevention

One of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health’s three priorities is understanding and responding to suicide in rural and remote communities across NSW.

We conduct research activities to help understand the key factors leading to suicide. We also deliver a wide range of workshops and training courses to educate communities and health professionals in suicide prevention.

We are part of the NSW Mental Health Commission Suicide Prevention Advisory Group which works to improve planning, monitoring and co-ordination of suicide prevention efforts.

The Centre is a member of Suicide Prevention Australia and the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

Rural Suicide Prevention Forum – 11 April 2017

In addition to our research activities, training and workshops in suicide prevention, the Centre is playing a national leadership role in the area of rural suicide prevention.

On 11 April 2017, the Centre hosted a unique event at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, where 60 key stakeholders, including politicians, policy makers, government and non-government organisations and industry representatives came together to discuss rural suicide prevention.

The “Working Together to Prevent Suicide in Rural Communities” forum was attended by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), NSW Minister for Mental Health the Hon. Tanya Davies, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs the Hon. Sarah Mitchell, and the NSW Mental Health Commissioner, John Feneley.

The forum 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 that 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.

The CRRMH is currently developing a summary of the resulting discussions, which will be made available to all stakeholders who have a role in this important national goal.

People interested in partnering with us in this area should contact trevor.hazel@newcastle.edu.au

Click here for the media release about the Forum  (282 KB)
Click here for the “Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Rural Areas of Australia” Briefing Paper (1263 KB)

Prof David Perkins, Sarah Mitchell, Mrs Hurley, His Excellency the Hon. David Hurley, John Feneley at the Rural Suicide Prevention Forum April 2017

CRRMH Director Prof David Perkins, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Sarah Mitchell, Mrs Hurley, and His Excellency the Hon. David Hurley, John Feneley at the Rural Suicide Prevention Forum

Prof Alan Hayes presenting at the Rural Suicide Prevention Forum April 2017

UoN’s Professor Alan Hayes, Inaugural Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Director of the Family Action Centre, speaking about rural suicide prevention from the longer term perspective.

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