Lived Experience Focus Group
If you have a lived experience of suicide come down and chat with us about how we can improve suicide prevention in the Cairns region.
Do you know someone that has experienced suicidal thoughts? Have you survived a suicide attempt? Have you supported someone through a suicidal crisis? Have you been bereaved through suicide?
Northern Queensland Primary Health network welcomes anyone with a lived experience of suicide in the Cairns region to come and talk about suicide prevention in their community.
These conversations will help Northern Queensland Primary Health to develop the Cairns Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan so that it is responsive to the needs of the local community. The plan will outline the strategies and actions that will be used to improve suicide prevention initiatives for the Cairns and Hinterland region.
If you would like more information about this project, or if you are unable to attend this session in person and would still like to contribute to the discussion, please contact Beacon Strategies via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is this session important?
As part of this project, it is really important that the Cairns Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan is driven by the insights of the community and sector professionals. This ensures that the activities in the plan will meet the needs of the community and integrate well with existing services.
What is the project about?
Primary Health Networks across Australia have identified suicide prevention as a key priority. Consequently NQPHN has committed to developing a Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan (SPCAP) for Townsville, Mackay and Cairns. This project aims to use the Black Dog Institute’s (BDI) Lifespan model to refine the existing draft of the Cairns Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan.
What is a Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan?
A Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan includes strategies and actions that aim to reduce the risk of suicide in the community.
The action plan will include the suicide prevention strategies, the expected outcomes, who is responsible, the supports that are available, timeframes and how the success of the strategies will be evaluated.
What things will we talk about in the session?
The focus group aims to draw on your lived experience of suicide to help provide insight on what types suicide prevention supports currently exists, where the gaps are and what can be done in the future to improve suicide prevention in the Cairns and Hinterland region.
Who should attend the session?
This focus group is targeted to people in the community that have a lived experienced of suicide, either through their own experience with mental health or caring for someone else in suicidal crisis
What is the LifeSpan Model and why is it important?
The Cairns Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan will use the LifeSpan Model as a foundation. The Lifespan Model is an integrated evidence-based suicide prevention model developed by the Black Dog Institute, which combines nine evidence-based strategies into a community led approach. The model aims to build a safety net for the community by connecting and coordinating new and existing interventions and programs, and building the capacity of the community to better support people facing a suicidal crisis. For more information on LifeSpan Model visit
What if I can’t make it to any of the sessions, but I still want to contribute my input to the project?
We are holding 12 consultation sessions across the Cairns and Hinterland region from Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March. If this session isn’t right for you, we have a number of other sessions you can register for that may be more suitable. Follow the link to consultation relating to this project [insert link here to all sessions]
What if I identify with multiple groups?
If you identify with multiple groups, please select the session you feel most comfortable in
Who will be running the session?
This focus group will be facilitated by Roses in the Ocean and supported by Beacon Strategies. Roses in the Ocean is an organisation that focuses on empowering people with a lived experience of suicide to share their story and contribute to enhancing suicide prevention in their communities.
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN)
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation funded by the Australian Government to commission services to meet the health needs and priorities of our region.
Primary health care is recognised as the most effective way to keep communities and individuals healthy and well.
Our purpose is to ensure people of northern Queensland access primary health care services that respond to their individual and community needs, and are relevant to their culture, informed by evidence, and delivered by an appropriately skilled, well-integrated workforce.
We aim to improve health outcomes for all by working with GPs, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals, and organisations specialising in chronic disease management, health promotion, aged care, mental health, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. We also work with secondary care providers, hospitals, and the wider community.