Government of Western Australia


For individuals, family and friends

The preventable loss of life to suicide in WA averages one death per day. It is a tragic issue but we can all learn more and work together to do something about it.

The Mental Health Commission has produced a resource on grief and loss titled “When someone takes their own life…what next?”, which contains information on grief, the coroner’s office, finance, how to talk to children and funeral arrangements. It also has sections on social media, getting help and how to support a friend or colleague through the loss of a loved one to suicide. It is available in hard copy from the Mental Health Commission by request, or can be viewed online.

Suicide Call Back Service has information on helping yourself when you are suicidal, warning signs, supporting others, grief and supporting children.

The way back are resources for people who have attempted suicide and their close family and friends. Developed by beyondblue with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, the resources include:
· Finding your way back: for people who have attempted suicide
· Guiding their way back: for people who are supporting someone after a suicide attempt
· Finding our way back: for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples after a suicide attempt

Lifeline has resources, training and counselling service to help prevent suicide.

Talking about…mental health is a series of videos where people share their experiences of what it’s like to live with different mental health problems. They also share ideas and tips on how they have learned to cope. We hope that they will help give you the confidence to talk to others about what you are going through and most importantly know that you’re not alone.

Hope for Life has free online training and information for those that support people who are at risk of suicide or have lost someone to suicide. It is coordinated by the Salvation Army.

Information for family and friends by Vic Health.

For health professionals, media and community organisations

The State Government has released a new suicide prevention strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020: Together we can save lives, and is committed to educating people in the community about suicide prevention.

The Living is for Everyone (LIFE) National Suicide Prevention Library has fact sheets on suicide statistics and factors, recovery and supporting others.

Suicide Prevention Australia is the national peak body for the suicide prevention sector in Australia with a role in providing policy advice to governments, community awareness and public education.

OneLife has produced media guidelines for reporting on suicide and self harm.

The second edition of Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2014 edited by Pat Dudgeon, Helen Milroy and Roz Walker is available both in hard copy and online.

Breaking the Silence which highlights suicide and suicide prevention in Australia with a focus on developing an effective national response. It gathers statistics both nationally and internationally.

Pathways to Resilience provides an evaluation of the Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities Suicide Prevention Project funded by the Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health Queensland.

The WA Mental Health Consumer, Carer and Community Consultation Review was publshed in 2010 to recommend reform of the Western Australia mental health system through the development of a new WA Mental Health Strategic Plan. It presents key issues surrounding mental health in Wester nAustralia, as well as the type and use of mental health services available.

Western Australia Mental Health Towards 2020: Consultation Paper

For communities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service

The Elders’ Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm & Youth Suicide.

Multicultural communities – Mental Health in Multicultural Australia

LGBTIQ other sexuality, sex and gender diverse people – MindOut National LGBTI Health Alliance information on mental health, alcohol and other drugs, relationships, human rights, employment and ageing.

Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service – Phone: 1800 011 046

Suicide Prevention Australia and the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales have produced a toolkit for communities interested in spearheading suicide prevention initiatives. Communities Matter is available online here.

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