Conversations Matter is a new practical online resource developed to support community discussion about suicide. The resources provide support for communities and professionals to guide conversations about suicide.
Who are the Conversations Matter resources for?
- Community members (individuals, families, and community groups) who need some general
advice about ways that suicide can be safely talked about.
- Professionals from a range of sectors who need advice about how best to engage with and support communities to talk about suicide;
- Aboriginal communities (including the services that work with communities) who need some culturally specific advice and support about discussing suicide.
Conversations Matter resources assist communities and professionals when:
- They want to know how to talk about suicide more generally.
- They want to know what to say to someone they are worried might be thinking about suicide.
- They want to know how to talk to someone bereaved by suicide.
- They want to know how to talk to communities affected by suicide.
- They want to know how to talk to a child about suicide.
For more information and to download the resources please go to www.conversationsmatter.com.au
Conversations Matter has been developed as part of a project originally called “Community Guidelines for Discussing Suicide”, funded under the NSW Suicide Prevention Strategy 2010-2015. The Hunter Institute of Mental Health was contracted by the NSW Ministry of Health (Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office) to work in consultation with a state-wide steering committee to develop the resources to support community conversations about suicide.
The development of Conversations Matter involved a multifaceted approach that has included the following stages:
- STAGE 1: EVIDENCE REVIEW
- STAGE 2: SECTOR CONSULTATIONS
- STAGE 3: COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS
- STAGE 4: ABORIGINAL CONSULTATIONS
- STAGE 5: DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW OF CORE PRINCIPLES
- STAGE 6: DEVELOP ONLINE RESOURCES
For more specific information regarding the project stages and the steering committee, please click here.
Background research and consultations that have informed the development of Conversations Matter are available here.
View our video featuring Conversations Matter supporters from the suicide prevention sector