Suicide is a significant public health problem, and is currently the leading cause of death in young Australians aged 15-24 years. Today's seminar will present an overview of our current research in youth suicide prevention, which aims to reduce suicide through the promotion of help-seeking behaviour for suicidal thoughts and behaviour. A range of projects will be described, including the US-developed Sources of Strength program and its current evaluation in Australian schools, a study of the association between suicide literacy, suicide stigma and help-seeking behaviour and the current evaluation of the Silence is Deadly intervention in ACT secondary schools.
Dr Alison Calear is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University. Dr Calear currently holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and her research interests include youth mental health, e-health and the prevention and early intervention of anxiety, depression and suicide.