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Suicide prevention

This action plan aims to reduce suicide and its impact on Queenslanders. It is a step towards achieving a 50 per cent reduction in suicides in Queensland within a decade.

Every year more than 600 Queenslanders take their own lives and many more attempt suicide. The impact of these tragic events has a ripple effect within families, workplaces, communities and across Queensland.

Preventing and reducing the impact of suicide on Queenslanders requires action at all levels of government.  The Commission aims to build suicide prevention capacity, promote knowledge exchange and inform policy and program development by working collaboratively with a range of local, state and federal partners.

The challenge is to ensure that this work is occurring in a coordinated way that addresses any gaps and is underpinned by the best available evidence of what works.

While the causes of suicide are complex, the promotion of good mental health, the prevention of mental illness and a reduction of stigma all contribute to reducing risk factors for suicide and therefore support the prevention of suicide.

About the Suicide Prevention Action Plan

The Queensland Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2015–17 was developed as a key initiative of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan. The Suicide Prevention Action Plan outlines actions under four priority areas:

  1. Stronger community awareness and capacity
  2. Improved service system responses and capacity
  3. Focused support for vulnerable groups
  4. A stronger more accessible evidence base.

See also the Summary of the Suicide Prevention Action Plan.

The Suicide Prevention Action Plan was released on World Suicide Prevention Day in 2015. Read the launch speech, presentation and Ministerial media release.

Discussion paper

The Suicide Prevention in Queensland: Continuing the Conversation Discussion Paper was developed to guide consultation and inform development of the Action Plan.

Consultation

The Action Plan was the result of extensive consultation with key stakeholders and people with a lived experience of suicide. We hosted three strategic conversations in March and April 2015.

We also undertook targeted consultations and broader public consultation through the release of the discussion paper in July 2015. We sought the views of Queenslanders on the shared goal and priorities and received 36 responses from a wide range of organisations and people including those bereaved and impacted by suicide and non-government organisations that provide support and suicide prevention initiatives.

What we heard

Stakeholders strongly indicated that although there is a diversity of suicide prevention activities being undertaken across the State, greater alignment and coordination is required to reduce duplication and identify areas of unmet need.

To be effective, coordination is required at the community level and between state and national services and initiatives. Specific feedback relating to the priority areas and actions is outlined throughout the Action Plan.

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Suicide prevention reference group

A Queensland Suicide Prevention Reference Group supports implementation of this Action Plan. It provides leadership, oversight and coordination of suicide prevention and risk reduction activities across the State.

The reference group includes government agencies, and representation from the Commonwealth Government’s Primary Health Network, non-government organisations and other experts, including people with a lived experience of suicide.

Improved suicide data

The Queensland Advisory Group on Suicide Information and Data (QAGSID) has been established to improve the strategic monitoring, coordination and application of suicide data in Queensland.

Monitoring progress

Updating the action plan

The Suicide Prevention Action Plan is being updated in 2017 as part of the Strategic plan renewal, including new Discussion papers to guide the process.