To mark the one year anniversary of the world-first Conversations Matter
resources, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health has called for an Australia-wide approach to support safe community discussion about suicide.
Supported by the NSW Mental Health Commission with initial funding from the NSW Government, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health is now calling on other states and territories, businesses and NGOs to ensure the resources can reach all communities.
Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, Jaelea Skehan, says that while the resources have only been actively piloted in NSW to date, demand for the resources and professional development for those working with communities is increasing.
“We know that people are more engaged with suicide prevention than they ever before and communities across Australia want support to talk about the issue in safe and helpful ways” said Jaelea.
In its first year,with modest promotions the Conversations Matter website has had over 20,000 unique visitors with one out of every two visitors downloading the resources.
NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley has been a strong supporter of the program and its initial roll-out in NSW.
“The Commission is proud to have partnered with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health to disseminate and implement this groundbreaking, practical guide to broaching the topic of suicide with loved ones,” he said.
“I look forward to continuing conversations and further success in our shared goal of preventing suicide.”