CHA Vulnerable Children Series: Generation Zero Suicides - Youth Suicide Prevention - 9 September 2021 at 12:30pm (AEST)


The focus of this web conference is on Generation Zero Suicides GenZs – a service wide youth suicide prevention initiative led by Children Health Queensland's Child and Youth Mental health Services.

‘We hold onto hope for young people and help them to find it again within themselves.’

Across Australia, suicide accounts for a third of all deaths in young people aged 15 to 24 years old.
The Generation Zero Suicide (GenZs) Initiative led by Children Health Queensland’s (CHQ) Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS) is driven by the aspirational view of a future where no child or young person accessing healthcare dies by suicide.
The GenZs Initiative uses co-design to listen to and learn from the voice of people affected by suicide the most, young people, their families and front-line health staff to create an integrated suicide prevention strategy within CYMHS CHQ.

The aim of the initiative is to develop and implement a systems-wide approach to suicide prevention, with key areas including:

  • leadership instilling the belief that suicide can be prevented in young people in healthcare settings
  • high quality training to ensure all staff are using the current evidence-based assessments and treatment planning
  • embedding a clinical pathway of care that identifies those at risk and increased consistency across the service
  • interventions that directly target suicidality
  • safer transitions of care within CYMHS and outside of the service
  • embedding this within a continuous quality improvement framework, and
  • developed within a learning and restorative just culture.

The GenZs Initiative is not a zero-tolerance approach and it does not suggest that we do not already do everything within our power to prevent death by suicide. We recognise that there is already a significant burden felt by the healthcare workforce in relation to suicide.

This initiative represents a commitment to patient safety, as well as the safety and support of the workforce, who treat and support children and young people who are suicidal.
At its root it is a commitment to this aspirational goal marked by a bold, uncompromising mindset shift from, ‘no one can do anything to stop all suicides’, to ‘everyone can do something to prevent suicides’.

Featured speaker:

Rachael McIntosh
Project Coordinator for Suicide Prevention in Healthcare
Children’s Health Queensland

How can I join this web meeting?

Please register for this event.  Details on how to join this Web Conference will then be emailed to you.  You can also visit our members website

All staff of Member Services are welcome to join this meeting. If you do not have a website account, you will need to create an account first.