A whole of Government response is needed to address the complex nature of suicide.
An effective response to the issue of suicide and suicidal behaviour is not the responsibility of one single government department. Suicide prevention is a collective responsibility and it is everyone's business.
Government organisations are invited to participate in the Strategy by taking a coordinated approach to suicide prevention alongside other government departments, non government organisations, businesses and communities.
This can be achieved by;
- Coordinating suicide prevention initiatives across local, State and Commonwealth Governments
- Strengthening local capacity by supporting the shared expertise of community and emergency services involved in suicide prevention by:
- Developing practical tools for information sharing, including shared service agreements
- Developing local data, outcome measures and joint service/client protocols
- Improving information sharing and reducing duplication of services between governments, academic institutions, non government organisations, and peak and professional bodies
- Implementing a critical response model for communities experiencing early signs of crisis and the potential for an increase in suicide
- Developing cross-government mechanisms to improve the integration of health, housing, community, justice, employment and other policies and programs for suicide prevention
- Addressing the information and training needs of professional and community groups concerned with suicide prevention
- Actively engaging local government in suicide prevention activities
- Encouraging and resources integrated solutions to local suicide prevention needs.
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