Turning a PhD lens on Suicide Prevention

Posted 28th November 2018 in Research

As the national suicide prevention platform encouraging sector leadership, collaboration and engagement, Life in Mind is pleased to note the first recipients of the Higher Degree Research Scholarships which were announced today.

Six PhD candidates from five Australian universities throughout the country were selected to explore research into a range of areas that touch upon suicide prevention.

These areas include hospital management of patients presenting with self-harm injuries, predicting characteristics of suicidality in young people, co-designed physical activity interventions for first responders, how to enhance buoyancy in adolescents and the protective role of peer workers in suicide prevention.

Suicide Prevention Project Lead Simon Pont said the announcement, which was unveiled by Suicide Prevention Australia today, represented an excellent opportunity for further advancements in suicide prevention research.

“This is an exciting opportunity to develop the evidence base for suicide prevention, translating what we know works into practice,”
Mr Pont said.

“Funding new research in Australia will continue to support the sector and community to respond to and communicate about suicide and its impacts.

“Life in Mind would like to congratulate the recipients of these scholarships and look forward to hearing about the results from these important areas of PhD research.”

Totalling $630,000, the Higher Degree Research Scholarships are funded by the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund, with additional funding support from Anytime Fitness and Regional Bank Australia.

The scholarship money will allow candidates to focus on writing a PhD theses and share what learning with community services and the wider healthcare network to improve strategies in suicide prevention.

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, phone 000 for emergency services.

If you need help, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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