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Answers to questions

Mental health—suicide prevention
(Question No 2844)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 29 November 2019:

(1) What are the nine key strategies of ACT LifeSpan that are shown to reduce suicide.

(2) What is the single approach that incorporates those strategies and (a) how and (b) by whom, in the community leads this single approach.

(3) What governance structures are in place to manage ACT LifeSpan.

(4) How many people attended each of the three suicide-prevention collaborative groups and how many of them were (a) individuals, (b) representing non-government organisations and (c) government agencies.

(5) What was discovered from the collaborative groups referred to in part (4).

(6) What changes were made to policies and services as a result of those discoveries referred to in part (5).

(7) In quantifiable terms, what efficiencies were achieved in service delivery.

(8) When were the engagement activities held, which attracted more than 250 participants and what was discovered from these engagement activities.

(9) What changes were made to LifeSpan’s offerings as a result of the engagement activities referred to in part (8).

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Black Dog Institute’s (BDI) Lifespan Suicide Prevention Framework’s is composed of nine evidence based strategies which have been shown to reduce suicide. These nine Lifespan strategies are:

1. Improving emergency and follow-up care for suicidal crisis;

2. Using evidence-based treatment for suicidality;

3. Equipping primary care to identify and support people in distress;

4. Improving the competency and confidence of frontline workers to deal with suicidal crisis;

5. Training the community to recognise and respond to suicidality;

6. Promoting help-seeking, mental health, and resilience in schools;

7. Engaging the community and providing opportunities to be part of the change;

8. Encouraging safe and purposeful media reporting; and

9. Improving safety and reducing access to means of suicide.

(2) The single approach that leads these strategies is the BDI’s Lifespan Integrated Suicide Prevention Framework, which is being implemented by ACT Health in partnership with the BDI and Capital Health Network (CHN) as a high-fidelity research trial through funding of $1,545 million over 3 years provided in the 2018/19 ACT Government Budget.

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