As a part of its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programs (2015), Western Victorian Primary Health Network (Western Victoria PHN) is taking a lead role in developing regionally appropriate suicide prevention activities that support the Australian Government’s renewed approach to suicide prevention identified in the National Suicide Prevention Strategy by:
- Helping to plan community-based suicide prevention activity through a more integrated and systems-based regional approach to suicide prevention in partnership with Local Hospital Networks, states and territories and other local service providers
- Commissioning community-based suicide prevention activities that flexibly meet the needs of the community and better targets people at risk
- Planning and commissioning community-based suicide prevention activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, taking into account the recommendations of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy
- Leading joint commitments with State Government and partner organisations (Suicide Prevention Place Based Trials in Ballarat and the Great South Coast) to prevent suicide and ensure that people who have self-harmed or attempted suicide are given effective follow-up support.
Suicide Prevention in Victoria
Further information regarding the State Government’s response to Suicide Prevention in Victoria can be found here.
Further information on suicide prevention activities
Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Mental Health Lead
03 5222 0830
Ballarat Place Based Trial
The Ballarat Place Based Suicide Prevention Trial (Ballarat Trial) is a joint commitment of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) to work with communities, including the wider population, health agencies, local governments, emergency services, schools and media outlets to contribute to the reduction of the suicide rate within the City of Ballarat.
The Ballarat Trial will lead collaborative initiatives to:
- Reduce rates of suicide
- Reduce suicide attempts
- Improve individual resilience and wellbeing
- Improve systems to prevent suicide in an ongoing way.
The Ballarat Trial is currently on Stage 3 of a four stage process that involves:
Stage 1 – Engagement of staff and resources, determining local governance structure in each area and identifying key stakeholders. (COMPLETE)
Stage 2 – Stakeholder consultation, review of experiences and preliminary analysis and planning, including review of current activities, strategies and frameworks. (COMPLETE)
Stage 3 – Project plan development and delivery and/or commissioning of key activities with ongoing evaluation.
Stage 4 – Final report including critical analysis and project evaluation.
Ballarat Trial Progress
Activities undertaken for the Ballarat Trial so far include:
- Engagement of a consultant to perform a local gap analysis and community mapping exercise against the nine pillars of evidence for suicide reduction in the City of Ballarat area
- Facilitated local consultations that included a community forum
- A survey and key stakeholder interviews to engage service providers and community members with lived experience of suicide, suicidality and bereavement from suicide
- The development of a plan to procure priority activities to support the progress of the trial within the remainder of 2017/18 financial year that involves:
- Development of a place-based communications platform and resources tailored to the needs of the Ballarat community
- Development and co-design a shared vision and outcomes framework for suicide prevention in Ballarat.
Further information on suicide prevention activities (Ballarat Goldfields)
Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Suicide Prevention Officer (Ballarat Goldfields)
03 5304 5606
Great South Coast Place Based Suicide Prevention
The state government Place Based Suicide Prevention trial is a project funded jointly by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and Western Victoria Primary Health Network (Western Victoria PHN). Western Victoria PHN is working within the Great South Coast (GSC) Local Government Areas (Warrnambool City Council, Moyne Shire Council, Corangamite Shire, Southern Grampians Shire and Glenelg Shire) alongside the wider population, health agencies, local governments, emergency services, schools and media outlets to contribute to:
- Reduced rates of suicide
- Reduced suicide attempts
- Improved individual resilience and wellbeing
- Improved system to prevent suicide in an ongoing way.
The GSC Place Based Trial is moving through four stages:
Stage 1 – Engagement of staff and resources, determining local governance structure and identifying key stakeholders
Stage 2 – Stakeholder consultation, review of experiences and preliminary analysis and planning, including review of current activities, strategies and frameworks
Stage 3 – Project plan development and delivery and/or commissioning of key activities with ongoing evaluation
Stage 4 – Final report including critical analysis and project evaluation.
Western Victoria PHN is working in collaboration with Fight For Your Life (FFYL), an initiative started in 2013. FFYL is a combined effort by local agencies to respond to concerning national rates of suicide at a local level. Agencies include Lifeline, South West Primary Care Partnership (PCP), South West Healthcare, Headspace, Victoria Police plus others. The aim of FFYL is to ensure the community know how to give and receive care to those at risk of or affected by suicide. The focus is coordinating an inter-agency approach to community awareness, prevention, intervention and post-intervention care.
Western Victoria PHN will focus on mapping and gap analysis for vulnerable populations in the five LGAs of the Great South Coast in order to:
- Identify and document barriers, enablers and quality improvement activities for vulnerable populations
- Develop collaboration and co-design practices with vulnerable populations
- Increase collaboration with peak bodies to promote guidelines and best practice for the care and treatment of people at risk of suicide, experiencing suicide ideation or who have attempted suicide
- Co-design a capability strategy in consultation with state based mental health services for the care and treatment of those experiencing psychotic illnesses using emerging evidence for suicide prevention
- Increase knowledge and confidence of primary care providers in identifying and responding to those at risk of suicide
- Ensure the provision of timely access to services for those at risk of suicide.
Some population groups have consistently higher rates of suicide attempts or deaths due to suicide. These groups may experience a combination of risk factors that make them particularly vulnerable. The 2017-2018 Western Victoria PHN mental health needs assessment and suicide data sources identify the following groups as having greater risk of suicide and/or suicidality:
- Those living in more remote areas
- LGBTIQA+ community
- Farm workers
- Skilled trades people
- People with psychotic illnesses
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Further information on suicide prevention activities (Great South Coast)
Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Suicide Prevention Officer (Great South Coast)
03 5564 5857
Where can I seek help?
Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for confidential 24/7 Crisis support.
For online crisis chat visit https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/online-services/crisis-chat (available between 7pm - 12 midnight.
Contact Fight For Your life on (03) 5559 0555 If you are in need of local support services following Suicide.
Free Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)
A free interpreting service for people who do not speak English is available by telehone 13 11 14.
To access this service please:
- Telephone TIS on 131 450 and ask to talk to Lifeline on 13 11 14 in the language required
- TIS will call 13 11 14 on behalf of the caller.
A call to TIS is the cost of a local call from landlines (additional charges apply for mobiles). Find out more at: www.tisnational.gov.au
If life is in danger please telephone Emergency Services on 000