NSW Health suicide care pathway

Published: July 2022

A step-by-step approach on how to develop a local suicide care pathway, including a toolkit that supports local health districts and specialty health networks to:

  • review current practices and the pathway for suicide care and align it to best practice
  • use sound methodology and principles to co-design, collaborate with and engage local stakeholders.

The work is part of a Zero Suicides in Care initiative, led by the NSW Ministry of Health.

The pathway is not a fixed linear process. Movement between components of the pathway should occur in response to changes in the needs and circumstances of the person.

Identify
Early identification and engagement
Identify
Assessment
Engage
Formulation
Engage
Brief intervention
Treat
Treatment
Transition
Transition of care

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Badge indicates an element of the Zero suicide healthcare framework

Many people don't talk about suicidal thoughts and plans unless asked directly.

Evidence checks

Pathways used to support people who present to mental health services with suicidal behaviour
Published: June 2022

Care of people who may be suicidal
Published: May 2022

Webinar: Zero Suicides in Care initiative

Watch this webinar on using co-design for improvement.

Date: 18 March 2020

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Contact the Mental Health Network

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