What is SPOT?

The Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT) is part of the NSW Health Towards Zero Suicides initiatives being developed across the Murrumbidgee region.

The Suicide Prevention Outreach Team will provide community response for people experiencing a suicidal crisis or who may be at risk of suicide. The team will be staffed by a small number of peer workers with lived experience of suicidal distress and clinical staff.

The aim of SPOT is to help people in distress to be supported more quickly, wherever they live in the Murrumbidgee region. SPOT will provide support for people in their community when they need it.

Listening to the community

Hearing the views and ideas of people with lived experience of distress and suicidal thoughts, as well as members of the broader community, is an important part of making sure that SPOT meets the needs of the community, carers and people experiencing suicidal crisis.

We are involving people with this experience in the design and development of SPOT in a number of ways.

We have brought together small groups of people with lived experience of suicidal crisis, those who support loved ones with this experience and health professionals to take part in co-design workshops.

These workshops will involve open discussions about the needs of people in crisis and how a service like SPOT can best support them and their loved ones.

We welcome feedback, suggestions and perspectives from the Murrumbidgee community, including those with lived experience of suicidal crisis. There will be a number of ways to share your feedback as SPOT is developed.

Check this page or hit the 'follow' button for updates and requests for input as we progress.

Once the SPOT service has been designed, we will be sharing elements of this with the community for feedback. Input and suggestions will be considered in developing the final service design.

Once the SPOT service has been up and running for a while, we will be inviting people who have used the service to provide their feedback on what worked well for them and where the service could be improved.

Get involved

Our consultations are currently closed while the project team create the SPOT service model based on the feedback received.

The service model will be released for community feedback in coming weeks.

To give your input on this project in the meantime, please contact Tiffany on mlhd-mhda-experiences@health.nsw.gov.au and we will get back to you. (Please note: this email inbox is only monitored during business hours, Monday - Thursday).

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