Suicide prevention project – Pasifika community


December 2021 – September 2022

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This activity was part of the Melton and Brimbank Place-Based Suicide Prevention Trials




Melbourne Macedon Ranges Yarra Moonee Valley Darebin Maribyrnong Hobsons Bay Wyndham Brimbank Moorabool Melton Hume Merri-bek


As a part of the Melton and Brimbank Suicide Prevention Trial, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) identified the Pasifika community as a priority group. To address suicidality within this community, NWMPHN commissioned Living Works Australia to provide unique and tailored suicide awareness and prevention training to that community in Melton and Brimbank local government areas.  

Living Works Australia to adapted their standard SafeTALK suicide prevention training to be culturally specific, appropriate and safe for the community.  

SafeTALK is a suicide alertness workshop that prepares participants to become suicide alert helpers. Through training, participants are equipped with the skills to identify when someone may be experiencing suicidality, and respond by connecting them to appropriate resources, supports, and services. 


Living Works Australia partnered with community members to deliver these activities: 

  • In partnership with NWMPHN, establishing a Pasifika community advisory group.  
  • Delivery of a Pasifika reference group workshop, modifying safeTALK based on feedback and recommendations. 
  • Training of 2 Pasifika community leaders in the safeTALK ‘train the trainer’ package.  
  • Delivery of 2 Pasifika-specific safeTALK workshops, with 30 participants from Pasifika communities and those engaging with them. 

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