What is square?

square – Suicide, Questions, Answers and Resources – is an educational resource for primary health care and community specialists and any individuals working with people who are at risk of suicide.

It is a set of resources that is both a standalone educational resource and a support package for training and systems change in suicide risk assessment, intervention and follow up. It supports a suicide and self harm primary health care model.

The suicide prevention model promotes assessment and management of suicide risk and a pathway for referral through primary health care depending on the level of risk.

The model, tools and education package were developed with a broad range of services and consumers. Advisory and working groups included people from:

  • Hospitals
  • Emergency services
  • Mental health services
  • General practice
  • Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Indigenous communities
  • Communities representing the elderly
  • Vietnam veterans
  • Consumer and carer organisations.

To have the most impact, representatives from these organisations need to be actively involved in training. Clinicians, consumers and carers across the continuum need to access training to identify and respond to local issues and myths.