Suicide and Sudden Death Bereavement in Australia

Grief reactions change over time. However, only a limited number of studies, and none in Australia, haveanalysed changes in individual grief reactions longitudinally. The aim is to examine changes in grief reactions, mentalhealth and suicidality of close family members bereaved by suicide, 6, 12 and 24months after their loss compared withthose bereaved by other forms…

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Western Australian: Suicide Prevention Strategy

Preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour is a key priority for the Government of Western Australia.Suicide is a tragedy that results in the loss of loved and valuable lives. The effects of suicide have aprofound impact on the lives of those people who are left behind. In Australia over the last 20 years,more people have died…

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After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools addresses Objective 4.2 of the National Strategy for SuicidePrevention: Increase the proportion of school districts and private school associations withevidence-based programs designed to address serious childhood and adolescent distress andprevent suicide.

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South Australian Suicide Postvention Project Report to Mental Health Services Department of Health

Suicide postvention represents an opportunity for mental health services, social services andother health services to collaborate to enhance the quality of care provided to those personswho become bereaved due to the suicide of someone they know. Suicide postvention hasrecently been recognised as an important part of suicide prevention because those bereavedthrough suicide are a high…

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A Mindframe Resource for Police

Mental Illness & Suicide in the Media. In Australia, 45% of people will directly experience a mental illness in their lifetime1and about 2,200 people per year take their own life. The media has an important roleto play in influencing community attitudes towards and perceptions of both mentalillness and suicide.

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Suicide Prevention in the Community: A Practical Guide

Everyone at some point will be affected by suicide. It might be the suicide of a neighbour,friend, colleague or family member; or the suicide of a well-known or public figure. Some of usmight have suicidal thoughts. There are many causes of suicide and this means that one simplesolution or single response will not be enough…

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Evaluation of the Lifekeeper Memory Quilt Project: Participant perceptions Final Report

Suicide is a leading cause of premature deaths internationally and is responsible for the loss of over 2000 deaths per year in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2010). Despite the acknowledgement that family and friends bereaved by suicide are at risk of complicated grief which increases their risk of suicide, limited postvention strategies exist…

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Essential Questions on Suicide Bereavement and Postvention

During the past decades public and research interest in postvention, i.e., supportfor families and communities after a suicide, has increased. However, the postvention fieldis still facing a number of important challenges and questions. This article aims to discuss aseries of essential issues on suicide bereavement and postvention, regarding the currentstate of the art and future…

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Breaking the Silence

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men and women under the age 34 years, the leading cause of death for males aged under the age of 44 years and costs our nation over $17 billion every year yet it is largely hidden…

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How To Increase Suicide Survivor Support?

Experiences From The National Survivor Programme In Flandersbelgium This article presents the aim and the activities of the national suicide survivor programmedeveloped by the Flemish Working Group on Suicide Survivors in Belgium. By combining theefforts of suicide survivor groups, several social organisations and policy makers it was possibleto increase the availability of survivor support and…

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Clusters of Suicide … The Need for a Comprehensive Postvention Response to Sorrow in Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory

This discussion paper acknowledges the dearth of information relating to bereavement support training and models ofpostvention suitable for those supporting bereaved Indigenous families and communities in Australia. It suggests that if we are to encourage help-seeking in Indigenous people we should also provide adequate training, resources and debriefing to people who provide the support. Therefore…

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