Suicide prevention: Evaluation of a pilot intervention in a primary care context

King, Kylie, Bassilios, Bridget, Reifels, Lennart, Fletcher, Justine, Ftanou, Maria, Blashki, Grant, Burgess, Philip and Pirkis, Jane (2013) Suicide prevention: Evaluation of a pilot intervention in a primary care context. Journal of Mental Health, 22 5: 439-448. doi:10.3109/09638237.2013.815334

Author King, Kylie
Bassilios, Bridget
Reifels, Lennart
Fletcher, Justine
Ftanou, Maria
Blashki, Grant
Burgess, Philip
Pirkis, Jane
Title Suicide prevention: Evaluation of a pilot intervention in a primary care context
Journal name Journal of Mental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8237
Publication date 2013-10
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638237.2013.815334
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 5
Start page 439
End page 448
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: From July 2008 to June 2011, 19 Australian Divisions of General Practice piloted specialist services for consumers at risk of suicide within a broader primary mental health program. General practitioners and other mental health staff referred suicidal consumers to specially trained mental health professionals for intensive, time-limited care.

Aims: To report the findings from an evaluation of the pilot.

Method: Data sources included a purpose-designed minimum data set, which collated consumer-level and session-level data, and a series of structured telephone interviews conducted with Divisional project officers, referrers and mental health professionals.

Results: There were 2312 referrals to the pilot; 2070 individuals took up the service. The pilot reached people who may not otherwise have had access to psychological care; over half of those who received services were on low incomes and about one-third had not previously accessed mental health care. Project officers, referrers and mental health professionals were all positive about the pilot and commented that it was meeting a previously unmet need. Consumers appeared to benefit, showing significant improvements in outcomes.

This evaluation provides supportive evidence for the effectiveness of a suicide prevention intervention delivered by specially trained mental health professionals in a primary mental health environment. 
Keyword Suicide
Primary mental health care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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