Expanding the suicide prevention peer workforce - an urgent and rapid solution to Australia’s suicide prevention challenge

The suicide prevention peer workforce is a critical but underdeveloped element of Australia’s emerging suicide prevention system.

In expanding the suicide prevention peer workforce: an urgent and rap

Mental health
  • Date

    Wednesday 15th February 2023

  • Time

    11:00am - 12:00pm

  • Venue

    Online

Event Details

The suicide prevention peer workforce is a critical but underdeveloped element of Australia’s emerging suicide prevention system.

In expanding the suicide prevention peer workforce: an urgent and rapid solution to Australia’s suicide prevention challenge, Roses in the Ocean is calling for a national prioritisation of suicide prevention peer work so that:

  • people in distress can easily and quickly find support without needing to first access clinical services
  • pressure on over-stretched emergency departments, phone lines and Medicare-funded services is reduced
  • and the economic cost of suicide is decreased.

For suicide prevention peer work to be sustainable and effective, supportive strategies are needed within organisations employing peer workers. A substantial increase in the availability of peer workers is needed alongside the reform of services to ensure compassionate work environments and well informed managers and executives.

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