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Suicide prevention and first aid resource tool kit


Australian Institute of Male Health & Studies (AIMHS) – Male suicide

beyondblue – Suicide

Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) – Fact sheets

Lifeline – Facts about suicide

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia – First aid guidelines: Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

Suicide Call Back Service


Suicideline – Warning signs and risk factors


Black Dog Institute – Patient resource

Beyondblue – depression information

headspace – Youth mental health information

headspace – Youth mental health video

Reynolds J, Griffiths K, Christensen H. Anxiety and depression: Online resources and managements tools. Aust Fam Physician 2011;40(6):382–86

Australian Psychological Society (APS) – Depression tip sheet


Australian Psychological Society (APS) – Anxiety tip sheet

beyondblue – Symptoms of anxiety

headspace – Youth mental health resource library, Anxiety fact sheet

Kyrios M, Moulding R, Nedeljkovic M, Anxiety disorders: Assessment and management in general practice, Aust Fam Physician 2011;40(6):370–74

mindhealthconnect – Anxiety: Symptoms, treatment and causes


Black Dog Institute – Bipolar disorder symptoms fact sheet

Talking about suicide and reducing stigma

The Analogy Bank – An analogy resource for mental health clinicians

Department of Health – Principles of recovery oriented mental health practice

Government of Western Australia, Office of Mental Health – Psychiatric rehabilitation policy and strategic framework(Section 4.2)

Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) – Recovery oriented language

mindhealthconnect – Do’s and don’ts of discussing mental health issues

SANE Australia – Reducing stigma

SANE Australia – Personal stories

Women’s Web – Mental health analogies

Risk assessment

Sivasankaran B. Mental health risk assessment: A guide for GPs. Aust Fam Physician 2011;40(6): 366–69

Hayes P. GP Communication: Suicide in general practiceGood Practice. August 2015

Suicide Questions Answers Resources (SQUARE) – Risk assessment questions

Lifeline – Facts about suicide

Suicideline – Estimating the risk of suicide



A self-rated, 12-item tool to screen for anxiety, depression and somatisation in primary care

K10 anxiety and depression checklist

A simple self-report checklist aiming to measure whether patients have been affected by depression or anxiety in the past four weeks

Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS)

42-item self-report instrument designed to measure the three related negative emotional states of depression, anxiety and tension/stress

Depression self-report questionnaire (DMI-10 and DMI-18)

Self-report measures for assessing depression in the medically ill

Screening Tool for Assessing Risk of Suicide (STARS)

guiding framework for information gathering about a person’s presenting experience of a ‘suicidal state’ in order to support decision making about safety planning

Antenatal risk questionnaire

clinician-administered questionnaire, designed to consider specific key risk factors thought to increase the risk of women developing perinatal mental health morbidity (eg postnatal depression or anxiety disorder) and sub-optimal mother infant attachment.

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)

10-item self-report measure designed to screen women for symptoms of emotional distress during pregnancy and the postnatal period.

Safety planning

Australian Psychological Society (APS) – Suicide prevention tools and resources

beyondblue – Safety app

beyondblue – ‘Finding your way back’, a resource for people who have attempted suicide,

beyond blue - ‘Guiding their way back’, a resource for people who are supporting someone after a suicide attempt

beyond blue - ‘Finding our way back’, a resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples after a suicide attempt

Melvin GA, Gresham D, Beaton S. Safety first – not last! Suicide Safety Planning Intervention (SPI). InPsych 2016; 38(1):14–15

Conversations Matter – Resources for professionals and those working with communities

Lifeline – Tool kits

Safety planning template

Mental health first aid for practice staff

Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES)


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia

Wesley Mission – Suicide prevention

Ongoing care

RACGP – e-Mental health: A guide for

RACGP – GPMHTP templates

Black Dog Institute – Psychological tool kit


beyondblue – Depression guide

beyondblue – Anxiety guide

Black Dog Institute – Understanding your depressive episode

Activity scheduling and other clinical interventions

Centre for Clinical Interventions – GP resources

Department of Health – Phase 5: Pleasant event and activity scheduling

GP self-care

Black Dog Institute – Self-care webinar for GPs

The National Rural Health Alliance – Case studies on rural GP self-care

RACGP – Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice, Chapter 14. The doctor and the importance of self-care

Psychiatric Times – Patient suicide: Impact on clinicians


Suicide prevention and first aid a resource for GPs