Towards best practice care for suicidal crisis in the Emergency Department
Filmed on 8th August 2018 at the Black Dog Institute, this panel discussion covers: crisis care for suicidality; Emergency Department policy and guidelines; and comprehensive psychosocial assessment.
Please note: The topics discussed in this video involve suicidality. If they cause you distress in any way, please refer to the support services on our Get Help page
Effective crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute care settings is key to reducing suicide rates.
The new best practice guidelines produced by the Black Dog Institute have combined the real-world priorities and needs of clinicians and people with lived experience of suicide to create a set of practical strategies and an accompanying clinical summary.
This multidisciplinary panel - representing research, clinicians and lived experience - explores optimal strategies for both regional and urban acute care settings and discuss how these strategies can be implemented within the current environment.
Video duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
Panelists (left to right)
- Justin Chia | CNC / Transitional Nurse Practitioner, MH Liaison, RPAH ED, CNS Redfern Acute Care Service
- Hayley Purdon | Lived Experience Representative
- Christopher E Trethewy | MBBS (Hons) FACEM - Senior Staff Specialist Emergency Physician, Gosford Hospital
- Joe Marie Jardiolin | BS Bio MD FPCEM FACEM - Emergency Specialist, Liverpool Hospital
- Chris Ryan | Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Westmead Clinical School
Opening and closing comments by Dr Fiona Shand | Director of Research for LifeSpan, Senior Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute
Facilitated by Dr Vered Gordon | MBBS (Hons) FASPM - General Practitioner and GP Education Program Developer for the Black Dog Institute
Effective crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute care settings is key to reducing suicide rates. Evidence shows that it is both the experience and adherence to an evidence based protocol that makes the difference between good and poor care. When people seek help, services need to make them feel validated, welcome and heard. However, resourcing and capacity can sometimes result in significant barriers to care and follow up, frustrating both patients and their families as well as emergency department and other hospital staff.
About the guidelines
Integrated suicide-related crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute settings are a series of recommended strategies and and an accompanying clinical implementation guide. These have been produced by the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan initiative in collaboration with leading clinicians and those with a lived experience of suicide attempt. The recommendations form a central part of one of the nine LifeSpan strategies that, when implemented simultaneously, could reduce suicide by up to 20% and suicide attempts by up to 30%.
This panel discussion contains references to suicide, mental illness and emergency department procedures for dealing with suicidal crisis.
It is suitable for all adult audiences, but has been designed for the use of health professionals, policy officers/advisors and other members of the suicide prevention sector.