Project representatives reported high levels of collaborative working with other organisations that conducted suicide prevention activities in their area/region, with 92% indicating that they engaged in such collaborations (see table 5-10).
Further details about the range and nature of these collaborations are provided below.
5.10.1 Range of collaborating organisationsFor those projects that worked collaboratively with other organisations, a diverse range of partner organisations were listed, including:
- Mental health and suicide prevention peak bodies (including consumer groups)
- Suicide prevention service providers (including crisis lines, counselling services, bereavement services
- Police and emergency services
- Healthcare organisations (including hospitals, mental health services, community health services, Medicare Locals, Divisions of General Practice (now Medicare Locals) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations)
- Courts, prisons and other law/justice agencies
- Research organisations
- Corporate industries
- Welfare services and job network agencies
- Local, state and federal governments.
5.10.2 Nature of collaborationFor those projects who reported collaborating with other organisations, collaboration was undertaken for the following purposes:
- Joint provision of training or other activities
- Increase referral or access to appropriate services
- Resource sharing, communication and capacity building
- Participation on working groups or advisory panels
- Community awareness-raising about service availability or about suicide prevention more generally
- Data collection, evaluation or research.