Life in Mind is excited to launch a national research directory on the website, highlighting useful information and links to prominent suicide prevention researchers and their translatable research.
The new section has been developed after lengthy consultations with members of the sector, and will complement the existing resources and links on the Life in Mind online portal. It is anticipated to be a useful tool for anyone in the sector looking for best-practice suicide prevention research in Australia.
To further build up awareness for the research directory, Life in Mind has shared a series of short interviews with some well-known Australian researchers ahead of the launch, providing insight into the important work performed across the country.
The first researcher Life in Mind interviewed, was Professor Myfanwy Maple who discussed the importance of translating research into evidence.
In Professor Maple’s interview, she says, “It is imperative that we work collaboratively with those who have lived experience, service providers, researchers and policy makers to co-create new knowledge that is useful and meaningful across the spectrum to reduce suicide related distress, suicide attempts and suicide deaths, and the impact of these on the community.”
A subsequent interview with Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin emphasised the importance of linking research to practice.
“Translating research into practice is taking what we learn from our research trials in our research laboratories, and making those learnings available to people in the ‘real world’.
The research directory, which is supported by the University of Melbourne’s Dr Lennart Reifels, is designed in a format similar to the Organisations section of the website, to ensure visitors can easily see the researchers’ background, accomplishments and links to their published research before clicking through to further information.
The aim of the new research directory section is to connect Australian suicide prevention services and programs to each other, and practitioners to the evidence base.
This initiative is delivered by a comprehensive platform for knowledge exchange.
In this regard Life in Mind aims to profile the suicide prevention research community, amplifying suicide prevention research activities, in the hope of better supporting the sector and community to respond to and communicate about suicide and its impacts.