Winner, Partners in Prevention: Understanding and enhancing first responses to suicide crisis situations
Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service (QFMHS) has made substantial, globally unique , research contributions to health services that are informing service delivery improvements for individuals who have a suicide related contact with police or paramedics.
Partners in Prevention: Understanding and Enhancing First Responses to Suicide Crisis Situations (PiP), run by QFMHS, was established in 2017 to address knowledge gaps surrounding police and paramedic responses to individuals in suicide crises, and to inform systems enhancements. PiP includes: a globally unique data linkage study regarding characteristics, pathways and outcomes of individuals who had a suicide
related contact with police or paramedics; literature reviews; service mapping; and an examination of police knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence in responding to suicide crisis situations. Research is supported by consultation with individuals with lived experience of suicide. PiP has shaped Mental Health Liaison Services delivered in the Police Communications Centre and Queensland Ambulance Service.