New suicide prevention and support after suicide service

08 May, 2019

People living in Eastern and North Eastern Melbourne can now access a new service, which provides support after suicide and a range of suicide prevention activities.    

Funded by Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) for 15 months, Neami National will deliver a new service which aims to reduce suicides and suicidal behaviour and provide bereavement support after suicide.  

LifeConnect – Suicide Prevention and Support After Suicide consolidates learnings from current suicide prevention trials in Maroondah and Whittlesea, and a series of focus groups held with providers, community members and people with lived-experience.  

The service will provide support after suicide, including: 

  • Individual counselling 

  • Group therapy 

  • Community debriefing and support response after a suicide (e.g. workplaces, sporting clubs) 

  • Care coordination 

And suicide prevention activities, such as: 

  • Community activities that focus on wellbeing, resilience, skills development and help seeking 

  • Media communications to promote help seeking and reduce stigma related to mental health and suicide 

  • Community capacity building and training 

  • Development of processes with hospitals and other health services to help people get the support they need 

  • Workforce training to skill health workers in identifying and managing suicide risk 

To access this service contact Neami National on 1300 052 590 or at lifeconnect@neaminational.org.au or EMPHN Referral and Access team on (03) 9870 1071.  

This service has been co-commissioned with funding from the Victorian Government’s Place Based Suicide Prevention Program, and the Australian Government under the PHN program.

The model is guided by the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and the Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework 2016-2025.  

EMPHN will continue its work in the Whittlesea and Maroondah trial sites. 

ENDS

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Media enquiries: Claire James claire.james@emphn.org.au 0425 887 397  

About EMPHN: Eastern Melbourne PHN is a Primary Health Network funded by the Australian Government to improve the care and support people receive from health services. We aim to improve the health of our community by ensuring people receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. www.emphn.org.au