Preventing Suicide in the North: developing capacity, local knowledge and skills

Buckby, Beryl, Stodden, Ashleigh, and Lutkin, Sarah (2016) Preventing Suicide in the North: developing capacity, local knowledge and skills. Report. Townsville Suicide Prevention Network, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

This report grew out of the recognition that while suicide is an outcome the circumstances and contributing factors to suicide are variable from one part of Australia to another due to regional differences and contexts. Drought, flood, unemployment, financial strain, family relationship breakdown, and commonly depression and other mental health conditions are all circumstances that are known to increase risk, as does being born into an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander family. The Northern region centred on Townsville (pop. Est. 200000) includes rural and somewhat isolated communities (e.g., Paluma with 30 residents) ranging from a few hundred residents (e.g., Ravenswood, 349), to Ayr and Home Hill in the Burdekin with about 18 to 20000 residents, and Charters Towers (est. 8300) a large proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, Palm island (est. 5000), and a military presence (including families est. >45000). This somewhat unique mix makes for greater complexity in developing a suicide prevention framework suited to this region, planning what to do, and defining the "how to" applications of suicide prevention.

Item ID: 46190
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: suicide prevention, developing capacity, North Queensland region, suicide literacy, suicide stigma and risk, help-seeking
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Funders: Wesley Life Force (WLF)
Projects and Grants: WLF Suicide Prevention
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 02:01
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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