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New resource for professionals to talk safely about suicide

27 April 2016

When done safely and effectively, conversations about suicide with individuals and in community settings can be an important way of increasing support and contributing to the wellbeing of those impacted.

The National Mental Health Commission welcomes a new resource, launched today by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, that provides information for health professionals to guide safe and appropriate discussions about suicide with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. 

The resource - Supporting CALD communities to talk about suicide - was funded by the Mental Health Commission of NSW and developed in partnership with the Transcultural Mental Health Centre NSW.

It forms part of the world-first online Conversations Matter suite of resources to support safe and effective community discussions about suicide. These include prevention, intervention and postvention settings.

This new Conversations Matter CALD resource is available at www.conversationsmatter.com.au/professional-resource/resources-for-cald-communities.

"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."

Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission

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