Suicide Prevention Plan

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Consultation has concluded

Help us shape a Plan that will make meaningful change in preventing suicide in South Australia.

What’s being decided?

CONSULTATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 17 MAY 2021

We are developing South Australia’s next Suicide Prevention Plan 2022-2025.

To develop the plan, we want to know what you think will make a difference in preventing suicide. Your experiences and wisdom can help us understand what we need to do to prevent suicide in our community.

We would like to hear your thoughts about:

  • How can we improve what is being done to prevent suicide?
  • Do you have ideas about new initiatives that could be put in place?

Talking about suicide and suicidal distress can be difficult but listening and understanding people’s stories and experience can help.

If you need help or support, we've listed a number of resources you can contact.

Get involved

There are a few ways for you to give feedback:

Your feedback is anonymous and data will not be identifiable.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your feedback will help us to develop the next Suicide Prevention Plan 2022-2025.

What are the next steps?

Following this consultation, by September, we will develop an interim report which will be available for further feedback on this site and the Wellbeing SA Open Your World website.

Contact details

For general inquiries:

Closing date extended to: 5pm, Monday 17 May 2021


Background

Suicide is the leading cause of death for South Australians aged 15-44 and the second leading cause of death for South Australians aged 45 – 54 years of age.

The number of people who lost their lives to suicide in South Australia increased from 212 people in 2018 to 251 people in 2019, an increase of 18.4%.

ABS statistics also show that, tragically, Australians are far more likely to take their own life than die in motor vehicle accidents. But suicide is a mostly preventable cause of death and an important issue for communities to engage with.

Developing the State’s next Suicide Prevention Plan and reducing the rate of suicide in South Australia is a high priority for the State Government. A new Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention and Community Resilience has been appointed, who also leads the work of the Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention.

Your experiences and wisdom can help us understand what we need to do to prevent suicide in our community and shape the next Suicide Prevention Plan.

We look forward to hearing your views.

For more information, visit the Wellbeing SA Open Your World website.


Help us shape a Plan that will make meaningful change in preventing suicide in South Australia.

What’s being decided?

CONSULTATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 17 MAY 2021

We are developing South Australia’s next Suicide Prevention Plan 2022-2025.

To develop the plan, we want to know what you think will make a difference in preventing suicide. Your experiences and wisdom can help us understand what we need to do to prevent suicide in our community.

We would like to hear your thoughts about:

  • How can we improve what is being done to prevent suicide?
  • Do you have ideas about new initiatives that could be put in place?

Talking about suicide and suicidal distress can be difficult but listening and understanding people’s stories and experience can help.

If you need help or support, we've listed a number of resources you can contact.

Get involved

There are a few ways for you to give feedback:

Your feedback is anonymous and data will not be identifiable.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your feedback will help us to develop the next Suicide Prevention Plan 2022-2025.

What are the next steps?

Following this consultation, by September, we will develop an interim report which will be available for further feedback on this site and the Wellbeing SA Open Your World website.

Contact details

For general inquiries:

Closing date extended to: 5pm, Monday 17 May 2021


Background

Suicide is the leading cause of death for South Australians aged 15-44 and the second leading cause of death for South Australians aged 45 – 54 years of age.

The number of people who lost their lives to suicide in South Australia increased from 212 people in 2018 to 251 people in 2019, an increase of 18.4%.

ABS statistics also show that, tragically, Australians are far more likely to take their own life than die in motor vehicle accidents. But suicide is a mostly preventable cause of death and an important issue for communities to engage with.

Developing the State’s next Suicide Prevention Plan and reducing the rate of suicide in South Australia is a high priority for the State Government. A new Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention and Community Resilience has been appointed, who also leads the work of the Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention.

Your experiences and wisdom can help us understand what we need to do to prevent suicide in our community and shape the next Suicide Prevention Plan.

We look forward to hearing your views.

For more information, visit the Wellbeing SA Open Your World website.


Consultation has concluded
  • Get involved

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    We want to partner with our communities to develop South Australia’s next Suicide Prevention Plan 2022-2025.

    To help develop the plan, we want to hear what you think will make a difference in preventing suicide.

    In particular, we are interested in knowing:

    • How can we improve what is being done to prevent suicide?
    • Do you have ideas about new initiatives that could be put in place?

    There are a few ways for you to give feedback:

    Your feedback is anonymous and data will not be identifiable.

  • Hosting conversations

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    Talking about suicide can raise all sorts of feelings and if not handled well could upset or isolate some individuals. It’s also important to observe people’s reactions to make sure they are safe.

    If you are planning to host a conversation with your friends or community about suicide, you may wish to use our conversation questions.

    Everymind has created the Conversations Matter resources which can help you to plan and prepare for your conversation.

    These resources will assist you to talk about suicide in ways that break down stigma and increases understanding and support for the community.

    You can share your findings with us via:

    If you would like support to facilitate conversations with your community, get in touch with us at wellbeingsa.suicideprevention@sa.gov.au.

  • Creating artwork

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    Are you a visual thinker? Do you communicate in images? Are you more comfortable with paint, clay, glue, or pencils than words?

    Wonderful! You can create your artwork alone or hold a group and workshop together.

    See Host a conversation for more tips and ideas.

    The Transilience Tree


    The Transilience Tree artwork depicts a child whose gaze is firmly fixed on a tree.

    Behind, a plant uncurls, while the right-hand cups another. The tree canopy offers shade, while also fruitfully budding a bird in flight – a yellow bird of hope.

    The child’s legs are connected in the earth, demonstrating the inherent connection nature provides for the wellbeing of humanity.

    The artwork incorporates a series of small circles or dots to create the artwork to send a message that everyone is valued and important in the tapestry that is a healthy community.

    The artwork uses the Wellbeing SA colour palette to depict the organisation’s dedication to the ongoing support of healthy and vibrant communities.

  • Need help or support?

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    Talking about suicide can raise all sorts of feelings. If you’re worried about how you’re feeling and would like to talk to someone, below are some numbers you can call.

    In an emergency, call 000.

    For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the South Australian Mental Health Triage (over 18 years of age)

    13 14 65

    Available 24 hours, seven days a week.

    Lifeline

    13 11 14

    www.lifeline.org.au

    Suicide Call Back Service

    1300 659 467

    www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

    Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS)

    1800 013 755

    www.letss.org.au

    Kids’ Helpline (ages 5 to 25)

    1800 55 1800

    www.kidshelpline.com.au

    Mensline

    1300 78 99 78

    www.mensline.org.au

    Beyondblue

    1300 22 4636

    www.beyondblue.org.au

    Thirrili National Indigenous Postvention Service

    1800 805 801

    www.thirrili.com.au/nips

    Grieflink resources www.grieflink.org.au

    Open Arms – Veterans [and their families]

    24 hour crisis support line

    1800 011 046

    www.openarms.gov.au

    QLife

    1800 184 527

    www.qlife.org.au

    Health Direct www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-helplines