The Department of Communities is one of 11 Queensland Government agencies who participated in the Queensland Government Suicide Prevention Strategy 2003-2008. The initiatives covered a broad spectrum of interventions, from projects with a focus on prevention and early intervention to those focused on bereavement following suicide.
Suicide prevention support materials
A suite of suicide prevention support materials was developed to assist organisations and service providers to identify and respond to people at risk of suicide.
These resources draw on Australian and international literature on suicide and advice from expert members of the Queensland Government Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Committee. They include information to assist in responding to suicide in Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Responding to people at risk of suicide: How can you and your organisation help?
This resource is for agencies that do not have a primary role in supporting people at risk of suicide but may have contact with people at risk of suicide as part of their core business.
- help organisations and service providers ensure their responses following a suicide death are consistent with good practice
- help communities with the longer term goal of establishing coordinated postvention responses in accordance with good practice
- provide information about further postvention resources available for bereaved people, service providers and the media.
Principles for developing organisational policies and protocols for responding to clients at risk of suicide and self harm
The principles include an overview of a range of issues which should be considered in the development of written policies and protocols, good practice suggestions and additional resources and reference materials.