Preventing suicide at suicide hotspots: a case study from Australia

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2014 Aug;44(4):392-407. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12080.

Abstract

The Gap Park Self-Harm Minimisation Masterplan project is a collaborative attempt to address jumping suicides at Sydney’s Gap Park through means restriction, encouraging help-seeking, and increasing the likelihood of third-party intervention. We used various data sources to describe the Masterplan project’s processes, impacts, and outcomes. There have been reductions in reported jumps and confirmed suicides, although the trends are not statistically significant. There has been a significant increase in police call-outs to intervene with suicidal people who have not yet reached the cliff’s edge. The collaborative nature of the Masterplan project and its multifaceted approach appear to be reaping benefits.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Humans
  • Police
  • Program Evaluation
  • Suicide / prevention & control*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data