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Suicide Prevention Research

Understanding and responding to suicide is a key area of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health’s translational research activities.

Current work includes collaborative research in the development and/or evaluation of suicide prevention, as follows:

A place-based understanding of suicide in rural Australia

The first phase of this research project involves the building of a database of rural suicide from the National Coronial Information System (NCIS). Establishment of the database will enable CRRMH researchers to examine the factors that contribute to rural suicide in different areas and within specific populations. The collection of detailed local data relating to the the demographic, economic, social characteristics and prior health and behaviors of rural suicide will be used to evaluate, plan, design, and implement suicide prevention activities across rural NSW.  For more information contact:

Dr Scott Fitzpatrick
Research Fellow
scott.fitzpatrick@newcastle.edu.au
(02) 6363 8464

Good SPACE (formerly known as Farm-Link) has trained 1000 individuals in an evidenced based suicide prevention skills workshop. The team has also developed and delivered a suicide prevention skills workshop appropriate to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, called We Yarn. These workshops are subject to evaluation and ongoing development with the support of the research team.

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