About the resources

What is Conversations Matter?

Conversations Matter is a suite of online resources developed to support community discussion about suicide. The resources provide practical information for communities and people working with communities to guide conversations about suicide. The resources have been developed with the support of academics, service providers, people with lived experience and community members.

To hear Dr Jaelea Skehan OAM, Director of Everymind, give a brief overview of Conversations Matter, stream or download this podcast courtesy of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia:

To hear an overview of the themes and formats covered by the Conversations Matter resources, stream or download this podcast courtesy of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia:

Why have these resources been developed?

Everyone has a role to play in understanding, preventing and responding to suicidal behaviour. They also have a role in supporting those directly affected by suicide. While communities want to be involved and talk about the issue it can be challenging. These resources have been developed to guide conversations to ensure that people feel supported to have safe and effective conversations about suicide.

Background to the resources

Conversations Matter was developed by Everymind, with initial input from a NSW-wide steering committee, and significant involvement of stakeholders and communities in NSW.

Conversations Matter was originally developed with funding from the NSW Ministry of Health and the NSW Mental Health Commission. The resources have been enhanced and further developed by Everymind using their own funds

About Everymind

Everymind is a leading institute dedicated to the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide, with a vision of empowering people and organisations to implement change – for themselves, for each other and for the future.

The Institute has a long-standing reputation for designing, implementing and evaluating tailored policy advice, research, and programs.

Everymind’s highly reputable programs are scaled to meet people where they live, work, learn and connect. We work with the media, workplaces and families and caregivers, to bridge the knowledge to practice gap in the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide so that fewer people are impacted in the future.