Background research and reports

Background research and reports

Background research and consultations that have informed the development of Conversations Matter are provided below.

Review of Current Approaches in Resources and Programs

Review of Current Approaches in Resources and Programs

This paper is a review of current resources, training programs and campaigns that include information about the discussion of suicide.

A total of 120 resources were reviewed, coded and individually assessed for key recommendations. The codes were then used to develop key themes across all resources related to prevention focused, intervention focused, postvention focused and online conversations about suicide.

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Summary of the Literature

Summary of the Literature

This paper is the result of an evidence scan of peer-reviewed research looking at community discussion of suicide across identified settings and target groups.

All related research was sourced and then analysed for key themes, with results represented in the document. This is a summary of the literature for project planning and does not represent a critical review of the evidence.

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Stakeholder consultation forums - Outcomes report

Stakeholder consultation forums - Outcomes report

This report summarises key outcomes from four forums held in Sydney in May 2012.

The aim of the consultation forums was to engage relevant stakeholders within four settings (educational settings, workplaces, families and communities) to identify key issue and priorities within each setting and other implications for project planning and delivery.

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Focus group report

Focus group report

This report provides a summary of the key themes identified from both our focus groups and key informant interviews conducted with community members from a number of target groups in NSW.

The target groups evaluated included individuals bereaved by suicide, older people (65+ years of age), young people (18-25 years of age), males, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI), people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people living with mental illness, carers of people living with mental illness, mixed adults, and individuals who reside in rural areas.

The outcomes of this series of focus groups and key informant interviews were used with sector consultations, and a review of the literature to inform the development and dissemination of community guidelines for discussing suicide.

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Development of Core Principles

Development of Core Principles

The development of the Conversations Matter resources was guided by a set core principles. This report describes the process of review undertaken in the development of these core principles.

Draft principles were developed by HIMH staff after reviewing and analysing the available evidence and existing examples of practice, in combination with the feedback obtained from consultations with key informants across four settings (education, workplace, communities/online and families) and community members from key target groups (people bereaved, older people, young people, men, mixed adults, rural, LGTBI, CALD groups, carers and consumers). The principles were then reviewed by expert panel members, settings panel members and target group panel members.

The results of these reviews informed the final set of core principles, to support the development of all Conversations Matter resources.

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Needs and views of Aboriginal people when discussing suicide: Summary

Needs and views of Aboriginal people when discussing suicide: Summary

Consultation forums and focus groups were held to engage with relevant stakeholders across the Biripi, Gomeroi and Awabakal communities. This report summarises the key findings.

The aim of these consultations was to identify key issues and priorities to be considered, to ensure the new resources are culturally appropriate and safe for Aboriginal people. While individual Aboriginal communities have unique needs and priorities in relation to discussing suicide, there were some commonalities that emerged across communities. This summary report outlines the consultation process and resulting information.

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Needs and views of Aboriginal people when discussing suicide: Stakeholder forums

Needs and views of Aboriginal people when discussing suicide: Stakeholder forums

The aim of these consultation forums was to engage relevant stakeholders within three Aboriginal communities to identify key issues and priorities that need to be considered to ensure the new resources are culturally appropriate and safe for Aboriginal people.

Three half-day stakeholder consultation forums were held in Taree, Newcastle and Tamworth. This report outlines the consultation forums process, outcomes and key outcomes.

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Needs and view of Aboriginal people when discussing suicide: Community focus groups

Needs and view of Aboriginal people when discussing suicide: Community focus groups

This report outlines the outcomes of focus groups facilitated by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health (HIMH) in consultation with a project working group, local working groups from three Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal Medical Services and Mental Health Services in each locality.

The aim of the focus groups was to engage with Aboriginal community members to collect information about their personal views on discussing suicide. The focus groups were conducted with a maximum of 12 participants per group.This report outlines the outcomes of the focus groups. 

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