Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 initiatives

Objective 1: Support families, whānau, hapū, iwi, and communities to prevent suicide
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1. Build the capacity of Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide 1.1 Supporting Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to develop solutions to prevent suicide; through community initiatives, training and education; leadership and building the evidence base Ministry of Health Waka Hourua
1.2 Create opportunities for young people to be involved in community development projects Ministry of Youth Development  
1.3 Support small communities to build resilience to overcome the loss of a major employer or industry. Ministry of Social Development  
2. Ensure good quality information and resources on suicide prevention are available to families, whānau, hapū, iwi, communities and frontline workers 2.1 Reorient the existing suicide information service and provide good information to the media Ministry of Health Mental Health Foundation
2.2 Develop and disseminate a toolkit for DHBs to guide their work to prevent suicide and respond to suicide clusters or contagion Ministry of Health Suicide Prevention Toolkit for District Health Boards
2.3 Disseminate the resource kit Preventing and Responding to Suicide; and foster sector use of the kit Ministry of Education Ministry of Education: Responding to a student at risk of suicide or self-harm
3. Train community health and social support services staff, families, whānau, hapū, iwi and community members to identify and support individuals at risk of suicide 3.1 Train community health and social services staff, and community to identify, support and refer individuals at risk Ministry of Health Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
MH101: Mental health learning
QPR: Suicide Prevention Training
3.2 Train frontline Police responding to people experiencing mental distress New Zealand Police New Zealand Police: Mental health team
3.3 Train Work and Income staff working with mentally distressed clients Ministry of Social Development  
3.4 Improve training for District Court security staff, victims’ advisors and Family Court Coordinators Ministry of Justice  
Objective 2: Support families whānau, hapū, iwi and communities after a suicide
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4. Ensure a range of accessible support services is available for families, whānau and others who are bereaved by suicide 4.1 Expand Victim Support’s Initial Response Service to be available nationwide New Zealand Police and Ministry of Health Victim Support
4.2 Expand the availability of specialist-facilitated group support programmes for people bereaved by suicide Ministry of Health WAVES: Bereaved by Suicide Group
4.3 Provide support and guidance for people bereaved by suicide establishing peer support groups Ministry of Health Mental Health Foundation
5. Support communities to respond following suicides 5.1 Increase the capacity of the Community Postvention Response Service (CPRS) Ministry of Health Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa: Community Postvention Response Service
Objective 3: Improve services and support for people at high risk of suicide who are receiving government services
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6. Improve services and support for people experiencing mental health problems and AOD problems 6.1 Provide training for primary health care practitioners on recognising and managing mental health issues Ministry of Health
6.2 Improve the care of people presenting to emergency departments for self-harm, and ensure appropriate follow-up after discharge Ministry of Health
7. Improve services and support for children and young people in contact with Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki 7.1 Provide specialist training for Oranga Tamariki caregivers Ministry for Vulnerable Children
7.2 Deliver specialist training to all care and protection, and youth justice residential staff Ministry for Vulnerable Children
7.3 Strengthen suicide identification and assessment in social workers’ assessment framework Ministry for Vulnerable Children
7.4 Design and implement enhanced training in suicide identification, assessment and management for social workers Ministry for Vulnerable Children
8.Improve services and support for people in prison 8.1 Improve mental health and suicide screening tools used in prisons Department of Corrections
8.2 Improve information and training for Corrections staff on mental health, suicide awareness and prevention Department of Corrections
8.3 Ensure prisoners at risk of suicide or with mental health issues can access support Department of Corrections
8.4 Provide information and support to prisoners, staff and prisoners’ support people after a suicide death or non-fatal attempt Department of Corrections
8.5 Reduce access to means of suicide in correctional facilities Department of Corrections
Objective 4: Use social media to prevent suicide
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9. Identify and respond to suicide contagion through social media 9.1 Trial an initiative to monitor and respond to suicide contagion on social media sites during a suicide cluster Ministry of Health and New Zealand Police  
10. Reduce cyber-bullying. 10.1 Make available information, tools and resources on good cyber citizenship and reducing cyber-bullying Ministry of Education Cyberbullying
Objective 5: Strengthen the infrastructure for suicide prevention
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11. Make better use of the data the government already collects on suicide deaths and self- harm incidents 11.1 Trial a suicide mortality review mechanism to improve knowledge and to better identify key intervention points for suicide prevention Ministry of Health Health Quality and Safety Commission: Suicide Morality Review Commission
11.2 Share up-to-date provisional coronial data with DHBs to help local responses Ministry of Health  
11.3 Develop a Suicide Prevention Outcomes Framework Ministry of Health  
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