Victoria

The Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework 2016-2025 is a whole-of-government approach to suicide and is one of the priorities outlined in Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan

The Victorian suicide prevention framework lists five major objectives for the period 2016-2025:

  1. Build resilience - A new focus on building resilience across Victorian Government sectors, including in schools, health and emergency services.
  2. Support vulnerable people - Uniting behind groups at higher risk of distress and suicide, including early responses to concerns among dairy farmers, regional communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, emergency services workers, paramedics, police and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex people.
  3. Care for the suicidal person - Strengthened approaches to assertive outreach and personal care when a person who has attempted suicide leaves hospital or an emergency department.
  4. Learn what works best - A commitment to test and evaluate new trial initiatives, and to share data with local communities.
  5. Help local communities prevent suicide - Trialling coordinated place-based approaches to suicide prevention across 12 Victorian locations in partnership with Primary Health Networks.

Correctional Suicide Prevention Framework

Victoria’s Correctional Suicide Prevention Framework has identified a set of foundation principles to inform prevention activities. These include those from the LIFE Framework, plus additional principles relevant to the correctional setting.

The Correctional suicide prevention framework is based on a review of the prevalence of suicide and the range of prevention activities, occurring in both the broader community and correctional settings, in Australia and internationally.

  • Domain 1. Universal strategy
    Objective: To reduce access to the means of suicide, provide prisoner and offender education about suicide prevention and create a more supportive correctional environment.
  • Domain 2. Symptom identification
    Objective: To know and be alert to signs of high or imminent risk, adverse circumstances and potential tipping points, and provide support and care when vulnerability and exposure to risk are high.
  • Domain 3. Treatment and support
    Objective: To provide integrated, professional care to manage suicidal behaviours when specialised care is needed, comprehensively treat and manage any underlying conditions, and improve wellbeing and assist recovery.
  • Domain 4. Ongoing care and support
    Objective: To involve health professionals, friends and family to support released prisoners and discharged offenders to adapt, cope, and build strength and resilience within an environment of self-help.
  • Domain 5. Suicide incident management
    Objective: To practically manage suicides and attempted suicides, as well as review practices to improve capability, responsiveness and identify potential operational enhancements.
  • Domain 6. Suicide incident impact minimisation
    Objective: To build strength, resilience, adaptability and coping skills through support to affected staff, prisoners and their support people.

Balit Murrup: Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing framework

Balit Murrap: Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing framework 2017 – 2027 has been developed through the expertise of the Aboriginal Social and Emotional Reference Group. This framework aligns with Korin Korin Balit-Djak, the 2017- 2027 mental health plan and suicide prevention framework.   

Balit Murrup means 'strong spirit' in the Woi-wurring language. It recognises that in order to reduce the growing mental health gap, we need new and different solutions to address what has been described as entrenched mental health crises. The vision of Balit Murrup is to support Victorian Aboriginal people, families and communities to achieve and sustain the highest attainable standard of social emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Balit Marrup's objective is to reduce the health gap attributed to suicide, mental illness and psychological distress between Aboriginal Victorians and the general population. Its key domains to address this are:

  • improving access to culturally responsive services
  • supporting resilience, healing and trauma recovery
  • building a strong, skilled and supported workforce
  • integrated and seamless service delivery. 

Korin Korin Balit-Djak means ’Growing very strong’ in the Woi-wurrung language. The plan details how the department will work with Aboriginal communities, community organisations, other government departments and mainstream service providers - now and into the future - to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak covers five domains:

  • Aboriginal community leadership
  • prioritising Aboriginal culture and community
  • system reform across the health and human services sector
  • safe, secure, strong families and individuals
  • physically, socially and emotionally healthy Aboriginal communities.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak will be reviewed and updated every three years.

Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019

The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015–2019 outlines the government’s key priorities over the next four years to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, particularly the most disadvantaged.

The plan includes a strategic focus on promoting wellbeing and preventing suicide in at-risk populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians, young Victorians and those living in low socioeconomic areas.

The health and wellbeing priorities for 2015–2019 are:

  • healthier eating and active living
  • tobacco-free living
  • reducing harmful alcohol and drug use
  • improving mental health
  • preventing violence and injury
  • improving sexual and reproductive health.