Suicide prevention

COORDINARE adopts a systems approach to suicide prevention across South Eastern NSW. Our strategy is informed by the Proposed Suicide Prevention Framework for NSW developed by the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention.

The systems approach is a community wide approach; there are multiple points of intervention for suicide prevention and a range of evidence based strategies across a spectrum spanning population based public health initiatives through to improved services for individuals is required.

With strong links to hospitals, GPs, allied health providers, NGOs, consumers and our community, COORDINARE is well placed to engage with the necessary cross sector collaboratives and take a lead role in the development and implementation of localised Suicide prevention action plans.

Evidence based activities central to our local Suicide Prevention Action plans include:

  • improving care received by people after a suicide attempt to reduce the risk of subsequent attempt
  • supporting the provision of accessible and appropriate mental health care
  • building the capacity of GPs to recognise and help suicidal people
  • developing skills and tools available to allied health professionals
  • identifying gate keepers within our community and promoting gate keeper training
  • supporting programs in schools
  • harnessing community action and initiatives
  • means restriction

These activities delivered in a coordinated way can have a cumulative effect in reducing suicide deaths. Throughout all activities undertaken by the collaborative’s we aim to tackle stigma and learn from people with a lived experience.

A localised approach allows solutions and strategies enacted to respond to local need and match a local context.

Illawarra Shoalhaven

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative was established in August 2015 to address the unacceptably high rates of suicide within the region. Suicide rates remain higher than NSW averages, with 40-60 suicides reported each year.

The collaborative consists of representatives of more than 20 significant organisations, as well as lived experience advocates.

The Collaborative was recently successful in its application to be a trial site for Lifespan, Australia’s largest integrated suicide prevention program being rolled out in four locations across NSW, expected to reduce suicide deaths by 20% and suicide attempts by 30%.

To find out more visit the Collaborative's new website.

Southern NSW

COORDINARE has recently commenced formation of a suicide prevention collaborative to develop and lead a local Suicide Prevention Action Plan. The activities of this collaborative will support the complementary services recently commissioned by COORDINARE and our existing work with GP capacity building. If you would like to be involved with this collaborative approach please email the project coordinator Peter Murray on

Please note: If you or someone you know is in need of more urgent care, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.