Purpose of these Guidelines
These guidelines are designed to help members of the public to provide first aid to someone in Sri Lanka who is at risk of suicide. The role of the first aider is to assist the person until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
Development of the Guidelines
The guidelines are based on the expert opinions of a panel of experts with professional experience with mental health and suicide prevention in Sri Lanka about how to help someone who may be at risk of suicide. The methodology was based on Ross AM, Jorm AF, Kelly CM. Re-development of mental health first aid guidelines for suicidal ideation and behaviour: A Delphi study: (https://mhfa.com.au/cms/mental-health-first-aid-guidelines-project).
How to use these Guidelines
These guidelines are a general set of recommendations about how you can help someone in Sri Lanka who may be at risk of suicide. Each individual is unique and it is important to tailor your support to that person's need. These recommendations therefore may not be appropriate for every person who may be at risk of suicide.
More resources about how to discuss suicide are available at www.conversationsmatter.com.au. Although not development specifically for people in Sri Lanka, first aiders may find them useful.
These guidelines were produced in collaboration with the National Institute for Mental Health, Sri Lanka.
Citation: Suicide First Aid Guidelines for Sri Lanka (2014) Melbourne: Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health, The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.
Enquiries should be sent to: Dr Erminia Colucci , Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit (GCMHU), Centre for Mental Health, The University of Melbourne.