Suicide prevention capacity building

Last updated 12 October 2023
Suicide prevention capacity building

Brisbane South PHN provides expert research, evidence and service support to primary care professionals and commissioned services across our region. Improving the capacity of the primary care sector as well as the services we commission, to better evidence-based tools and methods to prevent suicide is one of our key focus areas. 

We are committed to building the capacity of our region's health workers to develop and implement appropriate interventions and strengthen the communication, coordination and integration of suicide prevention services. 

Suicide prevention training for health workers

Community Development Workforce Training

Organisation: Mana Pasifika

This training is available at no cost for health professionals in the Greater Brisbane, Logan and Redland regions. There are various workshops delivered which aim to increase health professionals’ capacity to support persons from Māori and Pasifika backgrounds.

Workshops include:

Level 1: Introduction to Cultural Responsiveness (Online – Self-Paced)

Level 2: Cultural Responsiveness (Face to face)

Level 3: Cultural Responsiveness in Practice (Face to face)

Level 4: Cultural Responsiveness and Reflective Practice (delivery is flexible – face to face or online)

Belong Training Program

Organisation: Brook Red

The Belong program is delivered by lived experience peer workers, who all have a lived experience of living with a mental health concern and identify as part of the LGBTIQAP+ community. The program is designed to increase capacity to create affirming spaces and practice when supporting and working with LGBTIQAP+ people. The training also aims to increase knowledge gaps and increase the confidence and skill of people to work with members of the LGBTIQAP+ community.

The training is 4.5 hours long and covers Pronouns, Gender, Sexuality, Intersex People, Health Outcomes alongside Creating an Affirming Environment and Practice. The training is available at no cost for organisations and individuals who are living, working and volunteering in the BSPHN area.

Other training resources 


There are a number of online courses for health professionals to access with a directory of currently funded suicide prevention services. 

Culturally Responsive Suicide Prevention Training for Human Service Workers 

Queensland Transcultural Mental Health has developed a free and online toolkit for those in Human Services positions. 

Data and research

AIHW Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring System 

The National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring System (the System) has been established as part of the national effort to address suicide and self-harm in Australia. The system will improve the quality, accessibility and timeliness of data on deaths by suicide and on self-harming and suicidal behaviours. 

Suicide Prevention Australia 

The national peak body for the suicide prevention sector that provides a clear, collective voice for suicide prevention. 

Black Dog Institute 

The only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan that offers free resources for those working in the mental health sector. 

Roses in the Ocean 

Australia's national lived experience of suicide organisation  has a number of resources designed to guide service providers to engage, integrate and partner with people with lived experience of suicide. 

Suicide Risk Assessment 

Assists professionals, organisations and practitioners, working to prevent suicide and self-injurious behaviour in their clients, community and workforce. 

Guidelines on how to talk about suicide


Mindframe supports safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs. 

Conversation Matters 

Conversations Matter is a practical online resource to support safe and effective community discussions about suicide. 

National Communication Charter 

The National Communications Charter (The Charter) is a resource and uniting document to guide the way people in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors, government, business and community members talk about mental ill-health and suicide.