Tasmania

The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy (2016-2020) focuses on developing a whole-of-government and cross-sector approach to suicide prevention. It outlines suicide prevention within population groups identified as being at higher risk of suicide and was developed using available data, literature and key stakeholder consultation.

The Strategy is accompanied by the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania (2016-2020) and Suicide Prevention Workforce Development and Training Plan for Tasmania (2016-2020)

Tasmanian suicide prevention strategy (2016-2020)

The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy (2016-2020)outlines five priority areas of suicide prevention. 

  1. Create a responsive, coordinated health service system for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
  2. Empower and support young people, families and communities to respond to suicidal behaviours and the impact of suicidal behaviours.
  3. Implement public health approaches to reduce suicidal behaviour and increase community literacy about suicide and suicide prevention.
  4. Ensure effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Strategy.
  5. Train and support health workers and other gatekeepers to provide effective and compassionate care and support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours - see the Suicide Prevention Workforce Development and Training Plan for Tasmania (2016-2020).

Youth suicide prevention plan for Tasmania (2016-2020)

The Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania (2016-2020) supports the priorities listed under the  Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy (2016-2020) and includes the following key actions for youth suicide prevention for the period 2016-2020.

  1. Start early by focusing on the resilience, mental health and wellbeing of children, parents and families.
  2. Empower young people, families and wider community networks to talk about suicide and respond to young people at risk of suicide.
  3. Build the capacity of schools and other educational settings to support young people who may be at risk of suicide or impacted by suicide.
  4. Develop the capacity of the service system to support young people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
  5. Respond in a timely and effective way to the suicide of a young person to minimise the impact on other young people in Tasmania.

Suicide prevention workforce development and training plan for Tasmania (2016-2020)

The Suicide Prevention Workforce Development and Training Plan for Tasmania (2016-2020) is a companion to the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy (2016-2020) and is the framework supporting and guiding priority workforces to provide care and support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

The Plan focuses on suicide prevention with:

  1. workforces likely to interact with people experiencing a suicidal crisis
  2. health (and other) workers likely to interact with those at risk of suicide and/or needing ongoing management and car
  3. non-health workforces who may interact with people at risk of suicide or those impacted by suicide
  4. families and carers, community groups and workforces interacting with the community and all other workforces.