Regional and rural communities are the focus of an innovative program to help empower people with the knowledge to help those at risk of suicide. The SCARF™ program involves a four-hour interactive community training program, which emphasises health and wellbeing to help individuals, communities and workplaces understand health and mental wellbeing. What does SCARF stand for?

  • Suspect
  • Connect
  • Ask
  • Refer
  • Follow up

SCARF is part of Farm-Link, funded under the National Suicide Prevention Program. Meg Perceval, Farm-Link program coordinator says “The World Health Organization has identified communities as playing a critical role in suicide prevention, noting that communities can provide social support to vulnerable individuals by engaging in follow-up care, fighting stigma and supporting those bereaved by suicide.” To read more about this innovative program visit Newcastle Innovation.