The Ministry of Health has developed this Suicide Prevention Toolkit to support DHBs implement suicide prevention and postvention activities within their regions.
The Toolkit outlines some of the key services areas involved, and discusses the issues that DHBs need to consider when planning how to address suicide. It is not expected that DHBs will need to use all the tools, resources, ideas and guidance this Toolkit presents. District health boards know their communities best; they will need to design an approach that best meets the needs of their individual communities.
Using the toolkit
Each section of the Toolkit gives some guidance to help DHBs and provides some examples from the sector and some supporting resources and templates.
- Suicide Prevention Toolkit for District Health Boards (Word, 678 KB)
- Suicide Prevention Toolkit for District Health Boards (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Developing a suicide prevention and postvention plan
The DHB suicide prevention and postvention plan template is a guide to help DHBs develop their own plan. Use the resources in the toolkit to help complete each section of the suicide prevention and postvention plan template.
Tools and templates to help with planning
- Suicide prevention stakeholder analysis map (Word, 30 KB)
- Suicide prevention stakeholder analysis tool (Word, 31 KB)
- Suicide prevention logic model (Word, 46 KB)
- Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle (Word, 33 KB)
Coronial Data Sharing Service
The Coronial Data Sharing Service is a means for DHBs to access up-to-date coronial information on suspected suicides in their area via a secure channel to assist suicide postvention. It operates under the auspices of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Coronial Service.
Core suicide prevention messages
The core suicide prevention messages are designed to provide simple, clear advice to people who are worried about the suicide risk of someone close to them: family members, whānau, friends, colleagues, students or classmates.
The messages are available to be used by DHBs and other agencies in communicating about suicide prevention with communities across New Zealand. They may be adapted, or presented in different formats, to create information resources for different population groups.
Suicide prevention workshop for DHBs
This workshop was run in October 2015 to support DHBs in leading suicide prevention for their regions. It provided the forum to share information, foster collaboration and share good practice. It also provided a valuable opportunity for the Ministry to gauge DHB capacity and capability and to learn more about what type of support, tools, or resources might help DHBs to effectively undertake their new role.
Resources from the workshop are available to download below.
- 2015–20 ACC Violence Prevention Strategy (Powerpoint, 63 KB)
- International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership exchange (Word, 20 KB)
- Suicide Prevention (Powerpoint, 945 KB)
- Overview of the DHB Suicide Prevention Plans (Powerpoint, 1.3 MB)
- Preventing Suicide: Guidance for emergency departments (Word, 428 KB)
- Critical Incident Response: Collaboration between MidCentral Health and Ministry of Education regarding responding to traumatic incidents (Word, 16 KB)
- Critical Incident Response Protocol (Word, 2.1 MB)
- MDHB/MOE-SE Trauma Response Team Process Chart (Word, 44 KB)
Feedback and submitting new resources for the toolkit
We would like to hear from you. Please tell us how the Toolkit is working for you, which elements are the most useful and the areas in which it could be improved. If you would like to provide feedback please email us at DHBsuicidepreventiontoolkit@moh.govt.nz
New information and evidence on suicide prevention is being generated all the time. If you know of a new resource or best practice example that might be useful to DHBs and should be considered for inclusion in this Toolkit, please let us know.