Health Professionals

Young man at risk of suicide being comforted by a health professional
Supporting young men at risk of suicide

If you are dealing with a young male at risk of suicide, it can be difficult to know how to act. Male youths at risk often exhibit challenging behaviour that can make it difficult to communicate with them. Here MensLine Australia gives suggestions on how to support them.

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Assessing risk and safety for family violence

All health professionals can play an important part in breaking the cycle of abuse. However, it is important to acknowledge that identifying domestic and family violence is a complex task. There can be many factors that impact on initial assessment – how well victims and perpetrators are able to mask, minimise and deny what’s been...

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The role of specialist support programs and family violence

The primary role of specialist family violence services is to confront and address abuse and domestic violence. To ensure this work is effective, specialist supports are usually embedded in the community response to family violence. Inter-agency protocols are established to appropriately manage safety and risk – for those using violence, and experiencing violence. Because many...

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Looking after yourself when working with family violence

It is important to recognise the impact just hearing about domestic and family violence can have on you as a health professional. Below are some tips on how to look after yourself whilst dealing with difficult situations.   Safety Always keep your own safety in mind – never meet with clients/patients alone if you are...