SPconnect — Neami partners with Sydney hospitals in innovative suicide prevention program

SPconnect, a new Neami service providing assertive outreach following a suicidal crisis, launched last week in Sydney.

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SPconnect adopts an innovative approach through partnering with three of Sydney’s hospitals — St Vincent’s Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. SPconnect is funded by Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN).

One of the biggest risk factors for a suicide attempt is a previous suicidal crisis. The Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan Prevention Framework for NSW highlights that having access to well-coordinated support following an attempted suicide can result in the reduction of the number of suicide attempts.  

At the launch event, Michael Moore, CESPHN CEO, spoke to the needs analysis that lead to the development of the SPconnect program. The results found that each year in central and eastern Sydney 114 people die by suicide. For every death, as many as 30 people attempt to end their life.

Michael shared that, “The survey of people affected by suicide in NSW identified that follow up care after discharge from hospital has been a significant gap. Less than half of survey participants felt that the help they were offered after their most hospital discharge, was fully adequate. “

By partnering with local hospitals, SPconnect meets people at a crucial point in their recovery journey, ensuring that they have access to the right mix of services needed to assist a successful transition back into the community and to build a suicide safety plan.

The Neami National team at SPconnect bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, including lived experience of suicidality, to the assertive outreach work that aims to support people to understand and work towards their recovery goals.

Arthur Papakotsias, Neami CEO, spoke of our commitment to supporting better mental health and wellbeing in local communities, “having locally designed services co-designed with key stakeholders— consumers, carers, local providers, clinical services, NGOs — and targeting people in that local area is really important. The SPconnect program really does this well.”

For more information about SPconnect, contact Sandy Ogier, SPConnect Service Manager