Australian COVID-19 suicide research
The University of Melbourne is calling on all Australian researchers planning or already conducting suicide-related research regarding the COVID-19 pandemic to share their research updates and ideas as part of the National Leadership in Suicide Prevention Research project.
The team at the University of Melbourne, in collaboration with Life in Mind, are seeking to identify the best ways to connect and coordinate researcher efforts in Australia. This information will be showcased here in the Life in Mind Research section.
Led by Professor Jane Pirkis and Dr Lennart Reifels, the project will link researchers with interests in this area to both facilitate and improve the sharing of resources. This will allow the research community to conduct stronger research, minimise duplication of effort, and ensure community members at heightened risk are not over-burdened with research requests.
Find information here on:
- COVID-19 suicide research papers and guidance notes
- Other relevant publications and resources
- General COVID-19 support and guidance documents.
- Australian studies - listing of current or planned research activities around COVID-19
- Research funding opportunities.
"There is considerable concern about the impact that mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic may have on suicide rates, both in Australia and elsewhere. Suicide prevention researchers from around the world have been contemplating projects designed to inform our understanding about how we might best keep people safe and well emotionally. There are obviously ethical and practical complexities in conducting suicide prevention research during a pandemic and we all want to make sure that our research serves the greater good and does no harm. Several of our suicide prevention colleagues in the UK have joined forces to make sure that their efforts are as streamlined as possible for this reason. As part of the National Leadership in Suicide Prevention Research project, we are seeking to assist in coordinating our efforts in Australia too."
If you have any queries regarding the National Leadership in Suicide Prevention Research project contact the research team.