Suicide prevention and first aid


A toolkit to support GPs

Suicide prevention and first aid


Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or in a mental health– related crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolved.

 Applying such early interventions to people with, or at risk of developing mental disorders is seen as an effective strategy for suicide prevention.

The GPMHSC has developed this mental health first aid resource on suicide prevention to support general practitioners (GPs) in their day-to-day practice, to recognise and respond to patients whose mental health issues might be risk factors for suicide.

As mental disorders are one of the key risk factors of suicide, this resource includes information, links and other tools about mental health first aid as it relates to suicide prevention.

This tool kit is not exhaustive and does not replace training and education for GPs in mental healthcare and suicide prevention.

Provided under licence

This resource is provided under licence by the RACGP. Full terms are available on the licence terms page.
In summary, you must not edit or adapt it or use it for any   commercial purposes.
You must also acknowledge the RACGP as the owner.


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