Authors: Samara Gray, VIC
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings 2014
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Suicide is a leading cause of death for people affected by mental illness. Although not everyone with mental illness will experience suicidal thoughts or behaviours, they are strongly associated (Qin, 2011). SANE Australia has developed a guide that aims to help mental health workers support people with mental illness who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours. The unique perspective of this guide is that it examines this issue from a recovery lens. The development of the Suicide Prevention and Recovery Guide was steered by an expert reference group including both clinicians and consumers. The Guide was completed and disseminated in September 2013, and an evaluation of the resource has been undertaken with mental health workers. This presentation aims to present a brief overview of the guide along with the results of the evaluation.