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Clinical Care of People Who May Be Suicidal Education and Training Initiative (COPSETI)

“A significant proportion of people who die by suicide have had contact with a health professional in the weeks prior to their suicide. It is therefore essential that health staff identify people at risk of suicide and prevent suicide by implementing effective management strategies, including referral to relevant services for further assessment and expert supports.”

Reference: Clinical care of people who may be suicidal PD2016_007

Overview

On 1 March 2016, the NSW Ministry of Health released policy directive 2016_007 Clinical care of people who may be suicidal (2016 Policy). This policy and its directives establish minimum standards for NSW mental health services and clinicians in the identification, assessment and management of people with suicidal behaviour and ideation in all care settings.

To support the 2016 Policy implementation across NSW Health, the MHB commissioned the HETI Mental Health Portfolio to develop and implement the Clinical Care of People who may be Suicidal: Education and Training Initiative (COPSETI).

The following resources are available on My Health Learning from the COPSETI for Mental Health Clinicians Learning Pathway (143982408). The pathway includes the following resources:

  • Online Module 1: An Overview: Clinical Care of People Who May Be Suicidal PD2016_007 (144238705)
  • Online Module 2: Initial assessment and Clinical Care of People Who May Be Suicidal (144172009)
  • Online Module 3: Ongoing assessment and Clinical Care of People Who May Be Suicidal (144153029)

The COPSETI audio podcasts feature mental health clinical specialists who provide an insight into best practice for specific population groups.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Children and adolescents
  • Older people
  • People within the Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network
  • People with an intellectual disability
  • People from culturally and linguistically different (CALD) backgrounds

The audio podcasts are available on My Health Learning from the COPSETI for Mental Health Clinicians Learning Pathway (143982408).

In line with the with the 2016 Policy, there were changes to the electronic Medical Records (eMR) for mental health documentation.

Two video podcasts were developed in consultation with the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal and InforMH, to provide background to the narrative required by stakeholders supporting a consumer’s care and safety, and to provide a high level guide for staff using the eMR.

The audio podcasts are available on My Health Learning from the COPSETI for Mental Health Clinicians Learning Pathway (143982408).

Soft copies of a workshop facilitation resource for the video podcasts can be requested by NSW Health workforce staff at HETI-MentalHealth-Training@health.nsw.gov.au.

  • 3 hour | A team-based approach to the Clinical Care of People Who May Be Suicidal
  • 1 hour | A reflection on local implementation of the Clinical Care of People Who May Be Suicidal

HETI delivery of COPSETI workshops has now ceased. Soft copies of workshop facilitation resources can be requested by NSW Health workforce staff at HETI-MentalHealth-Training@health.nsw.gov.au.

HETI has developed two key programs to support NSW Health staff to respond to people who may be suicidal.