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Information resources

Suicide prevention

Kids Helpline Phone: 1800 55 1800.
This is a free, confidential and anonymous, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. The service collates anonymous statistical information that is invaluable for research into youth problems and needs throughout Australia.

LifeLine Phone 13 11 14.
This is a free telephone counselling service. Their website also offers a page of useful links.

Reach Out, an initiative of the Inspire Foundation, is a web-based service designed to help young people get through tough times by providing support and helpful information in an appealing format. It also provides a national database of services that can offer further assistance. While the site does not offer online counselling, the information and interactive features of the site provide options for seeking further help.

LiFe -- Living is for everyone is an Australian national suicide prevention web site, not a crisis service. The Living is for Everyone (LIFE) Framework was developed under the National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, or NSPS, to address the high rates of suicidal behaviour among identified population groups. It provides fact sheets, statistics, national and state policy information, resurces, research, reading lists and links to related sites, conferences and media reports. The website also has a good list of crisis services in Australia, and links to suicide prevention sites both in Australia and abroad. The LIFE site is funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

OzHelp Foundation is a workplace-based early intervention suicide prevention and social capacity building program. It aims to enhance the resilience of apprentices and workers in the construction and building industry.

Mindframe-media is an online companion to the publication 'Reporting suicide and mental illness: A resource for media professionals'. The website aims to help people who are involved in mental health to communicate effectively with the media about suicide, mental health and mental illness.
See their pages of useful links and useful resources.

Suicide Prevention Australia is a non-profit, non-government organisation working as a public health advocate in suicide prevention. SPA is an umbrella body involved in suicide prevention activities throughout Australia. These include: promoting community awareness, advocacy collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry; providing information access and sharing; and organising local, regional and national forums, conferences and events.

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing website contains information on government mental health and wellbeing and suicide prevention initiatives, including beyondblue – the National Depression Initiative, Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care, and the Youth Mental Health Initiative.

The Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet) is a national project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Mental Health Strategy and the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. It provides a communications and clearinghouse service for promotion, prevention and early intervention in mental health across all ages of the lifespan, which include a searchable resources database.

National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy ran from 1995 to 1999. A 2006 article on the strategy, by J. Robinson and others, was published in the journal, Australian Health Review, v.30, n.3, pp.271-76.

Other resources

SPINZ (Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand) is a New Zealand-wide suicide prevention information service.