Resources for individuals and community

This section contains a range of practical resources for discussing suicide. Resources cover different types of conversations relevant for individuals, families and community groups.

Resources for individuals and community

Using these resources

Conversations Matter has been developed to assist communities to talk about suicide in ways that breaks down stigma and increase understanding and support for those thinking about suicide and/ or those affected by suicide. The resources have been developed in separate modules covering different types of conversations. Each module is available as an online presentation, printed fact sheet and audio podcast. To get the most out of the resources click on the presentation above, which explains how to use the resources, or download the following fact sheet:

Supporting Fact Sheet: How to use the community resources Supporting Fact Sheet: How to use the community resources (257 KB)

To hear Jaelea Skehan, Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, give an overview of the Conversations Matter resources for communities, stream or download the podcast below, courtesy of Community Broadcasting Association of Australia:

CBAA Podcast - Introduction to the community resources CBAA Podcast - Introduction to the community resources (3003 KB)

Group discussions about suicide prevention

Suicide is an important issue for communities to engage with. This resource provides a basic summary of issues to consider when talking broadly about the issue of suicide and suicide prevention in a group setting - including educational settings, workplaces and communities.

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When someone is thinking about suicide

Many of us will notice changes in people around us and get the feeling that “something is not right”.
This resource will give you basic tips to help you talk to someone you are worried about, who may be thinking about suicide.

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When communities are affected by suicide

When a suicide occurs, the effects can be far reaching. Questions come up about who to tell and what to say. This is an introductory resource about community conversations following a suicide. It will be helpful for members of the community who may be involved in planning or advising others.

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Those bereaved by suicide

When a suicide occurs, it can have a devastating effect on family members, friends and others who knew the person. This resource provides some basic tips for talking to someone who may have lost a family member, friend or colleague to suicide.

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Telling a child about a suicide

When a child needs to be informed of a death, it can be difficult to know what to say and how to explain it. This resource provides some basic tips for telling a child about a suicide. It is designed specifically for parents or primary care-givers but the information may be useful for other adults.

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