Engaging the community and providing opportunities to be part of the change
What do we know?
Community engagement and communication delivered in conjunction with other evidence-based suicide prevention strategies can improve local awareness of services and resources, and drive increased participation in prevention efforts across the community.
Engagement in campaigns and activities such as R U OK? Day can provide an important first step for many community members. Some people may wish to take the next step: undertake training so they can recognise risk and connect others with professional support.
What is happening?
- Proactively communicating and engaging with the local community using safe, targeted and consistent messaging to:
- build awareness of how to help someone who is facing a suicide crisis and where to get help
- build awareness of the work being undertaken locally to improve suicide prevention and provide quality care to those in crisis
- provide clear actions that people can take to make a difference.
- Working with R U OK? Day to engage the local community through campaigns and events and help community members take the next step by completing online QPR training.
- Providing a range of ways for community members (including those with lived experience of suicide) to get involved in local suicide prevention efforts and the LifeSpan research project.
Strategy Summary - Engaging the Community
This brochure provides community members with a summary of the evidence, what is happening and how you can get involved.
Research Summary - Engaging the Community
This document provides a detailed summary of the evidence covering why the strategy is included in LifeSpan, evidence supporting the interventions recommended by LifeSpan, and how this strategy will be evaluated as part of the LifeSpan NSW Research trial.