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Suicide prevention in country SA (SPICSA) initiative
The Suicide prevention in country SA (SPICSA) initiative was developed in response to the high rates of self-harming and suicidal behaviours in regional areas of South Australia, particularly among young people and Indigenous people. The initiative consisted of five main features:
- increase the knowledge, skills, and confidence of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members and service providers to understand suicide (context, signs, response)
- develop, implement, and review programs that promote positive identity and wellbeing for young people
- foster the active involvement of members of priority groups in planning, implementing, and reviewing programs
- strengthen the commitment of relevant agencies and groups to collaorate in developing agreements on support and clinical pathways
- ensure that a focus on suicide prevention, self-harm, and positive identity and wellbeing is embedded in the State and rural/regional plans.
Examples of some of the programs implemented as a result of this initiative include:
- Wadninaka self-esteem and resilience program
- No-one walks alone
- Riverland initiative
- Building bridges, strengthening hope initiative.
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
State Administration Centre
200 Victoria Square
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 2343
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8226 3560
Fax: (08) 8226 4040
Stacey K, Keller N, Gibson B, Johnson R, Jury L, Kelly D, Newchurch L, Ryan B, Short T (2007)
Promoting mental health and well-being in Aboriginal contexts: successful elements of suicide prevention work.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 18(3): 1
Stewart H, Dix K, Greenhill J (2007)
Respecting culture: telling stories of suicide prevention in rural communities.
Paper presented at the Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Teaching Practice and Theory Conference. 12-13 July 2007, Southern Cross University