Authors: Madison Blackburn
Event: 2023 TheMHS Forum
Subject: Innovative and flexible approaches to suicide prevention and after care
Type of resource: Video
Abstract: In response to a high number of suicides in rural communities, Wellways has harnessed innovation to establish effective responses to suicide in rural communities, work flexibly to minimise service access barriers, and integrate lived experience of suicidality and bereavement to support people and communities impacted by suicide. This presentation will outline three key areas of innovation to create best-practice responses to suicidal crises in rural communities, including: the utilisation of key partnerships to streamline and coordinate responses and communication about suicide; integration and co-design with community to ensure support is accessible, timely, and flexible for community members following a suicide death; and the integration of lived experience peer workers in all levels of suicide prevention and aftercare.