Improving safety and reducing access to means of suicide
What do we know?
Local suicide trends and common means are not well understood. There is a lack of timely data, which is important, as implementation of any interventions must be informed by what is actually happening in the local community.
Restricting access to the means of suicide is one of the most effective suicide prevention strategies. With better data and a regional approach, communities can develop a long-term, strategic approach and drive local efforts in safety and prevention.
What is happening?
- Preparing a local Suicide Audit Report using the best available data from multiple sources
- Combining the evidence base with the Suicide Audit to identify and guide local means restriction opportunities
- Doing what we can to take action on amenable means. This may involve working with local crisis services, Police, Ambulance, health services and other institutions, suppliers, local council, media, politicians and others. We have access to seed funding for ‘hotspots’ and will work together with other LifeSpan sites to lobby for relevant policy changes at the State/Commonwealth level.
What are the updates?
A total of 9 Suicide Audit reports have been delivered as of July 2018: four full suicide audits presented to all NSW research trial sites, and five with Commonwealth trial sites, sharing detailed geospatial suicide data and hotspot analysis to inform planning of means restriction and services. More audits are currently being collated.
Strategy Summary - Improving safety
This brochure provides community members with a summary of the evidence, what is happening and how you can get involved.
Research Summary - Improving safety
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.