About the Conversations Matter resources
About the resources
What is Conversations Matter?
Conversations Matter is a new suite of online resources developed to support community discussion about suicide. The resources provide practical information for communities and professionals to guide conversations about suicide. The resources are the first of their kind internationally and have been developed with the support of academics, service providers, people with lived experience and community members in New South Wales and across Australia.
To hear Jaelea Skehan, Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, give a brief overview of Conversations Matter, stream or download this podcast courtesy of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia:
CBAA Podcast - New Resources (2302 KB)
To hear an overview of the themes and formats covered by the Conversations Matter resources, stream or download this podcast courtesy of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia:
Why have these resources been developed?
Everyone has a role to play in understanding, preventing and responding to suicidal behaviour. They also have a role in supporting those directly affected by suicide. While communities want to be involved and talk about the issue it can be challenging. These resources have been developed to guide conversations to ensure that people feel supported to have safe and effective conversations about suicide.
Who are they for?
Conversations Matter can be used by:
- Community members (individuals, families, and community groups) who need some general advice about ways that suicide can be safely talked about;
- Professionals from a range of sectors who need advice about how best to engage with and support communities to talk about suicide.
What is their purpose?
The resources provide practical support for communities and professionals to guide conversations about suicide. The aim is for them to be used to guide one-on-one conversations, group discussions or large-scale conversations. They do not provide any advice about treatments or interventions, but focus on tips for handling conversations.
When will they be useful?
Talking about suicide can be challenging. It can often be frightening for people given the different advice about the safety of having conversations about suicide. The resources will assist communities and professionals when:
- They want to know how to talk about suicide more generally;
- They are worried about someone and want to know what to say;
- There has been a death and they want to know how best to handle individual and community level conversations.
Where can they be used?
The resources are designed for community level conversations and not for clinical or health related conversations. People will be able to use and apply them in:
- Local communities;
- Specific community groups;
- Setting such as churches, recreation groups etc.