Suicide Prevention Australia provides national leadership for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. SPA works collaboratively to develop a community that knows how to ask for help and how to give help.
We build and facilitate partnerships to change behaviours and attitudes to suicide prevention, and to amplify the voices of people with lived experience of suicide.
We are honoured to draw upon the knowledge and wisdom of the national Lived Experience Network and are particularly grateful to lived experience advisors from across the country who work with us to amplify these voices.
Read about what we mean by lived experience and our guiding principles for meaningful inclusion of lived experience here.
A world without suicide.
Suicide Prevention Australia delivers national leadership for the meaningful reduction of suicide in Australia.
PICTURED (from left): SPA Board Directors including Phillip Cornwall, Stan Piperoglou, Christopher John, Jacinta Hawgood, Luke Mann, Angela Emslie, Murray Bleach, Alan Woodwood, Matthew Tukaki (Chair) and Myf Maple. Dr Vanessa Lee not pictured.
Our Principles for Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Australia affirms the following understandings and guiding principles of suicide prevention:
- Suicide and suicidal behaviour arise from complex social, situational, biological and other individual causes, which isolate people and erode their hope. Understanding risk and protective factors for different groups and environments is vital to effective response.
- Suicide prevention is ‘everyone’s business’, whether it is directed towards individuals at high risk, communities and groups at potential risk, or the whole of the population.
- The first person voices of those with lived experience of suicide are crucial to increasing understanding of suicide and effective suicide prevention responses.
- Tackling social exclusion of individuals and communities, and investing in the human capital of all people, especially the most disadvantaged, is crucial to suicide prevention.
- Suicide prevention encompasses a range of interventions, including health promotion, early intervention, crisis support and ongoing intervention for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviour, and responding to and supporting families and communities impacted by suicide.
- Access should be provided to appropriate services for individuals at-risk, wherever and whoever they are – through crisis, ongoing intervention and recovery phases. Collaboration, coordination and continuity of care are essential to the effectiveness of services. Program, structural and policy barriers that inhibit help-seeking and the quality of support need to be identified and overcome.
- Suicide prevention strategies should be culturally appropriate.
- All suicide prevention projects, activities and strategies should be based on best practice and underpinned by quality research, data and evaluation.
- Challenging the misconceptions and stigma associated with suicide is essential to ensure that people will be able to ask for help and give help without fear or discrimination.