Lifeline Research Foundation
Better approaches needed for suicide prevention
For the past decade, between 1,800 and 2,500 deaths by suicide have occurred every year. The trend has not dropped in the same way that lives lost to road accidents, cancer and other major health issues have.
Many of these deaths are preventable and more can be done!
Better approaches are needed for suicide prevention:
- More ways of reaching people – and relieve their distress earlier.
- Accurately identify and respond effectively to suicidal persons – to save lives.
- Continually improve the effectiveness of Lifeline crisis support services.
About the Lifeline Research Foundation
The Lifeline Research Foundation brings together the insights of those with personal experience about suicide (survivors of suicide attempts and people impacted by the loss of another to suicide) with researchers and professional experts to find better ways to prevent the tragic loss of life.
Better Services and Programs
Lifeline services and community programs will be continually improved by applying the knowledge gained through the Foundation.
- In April 2011, Lifeline launched the first ever online Crisis Support Chat service in Australia. Evaluation research has found that 45% of Australians who contact Lifeline’s Online Crisis Support Chat are ’thinking about suicide today’. New technologies such as online chat and social media are ways of improving services.
- Suicide ‘hot spots’ such as Gap Park in Sydney – evaluation research is informing how best to prevent lives lost to suicide at these locations. Signage is encouraging people to seek help and emergency phones are being trialled, together with improved safety measures at the park.
Everyone in our community stands to benefit from this life saving work.
Go to the publications page for information about research reports and other publications from the Lifeline Research Foundation.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
An innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. Visit www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/
Expert Advisory Group
An expert advisory group provides advice to the Lifeline Research Foundation on the priorities for research and service development, drawing on the available evidence and professional opinion of what are the most effective ways of reducing lives lost to suicide.
Lifeline Foundation Expert Advisory Group Members
|1. Professor Beverley Raphael (Chair)
University of Western Sydney and Australian National University
|2. Professor Jane Pirkis
Director, Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics. University of Melbourne
|3. Dr Kairi Kolves
Acting Director, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
|4. Dr Michael Dudley
Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
|5. Professor Graham Martin
Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of QLD
|6. Dr Coralie Wilson
School of General Practice, University of Wollongong
|7. Professor Alan Rosen
Professorial Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Wollongong, Clinical Associate Professor, Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney; Senior consultant Psychiatrist, Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW
|8. Associate Professor Brit Klein
Director National eThaerapy Centre Swinburn University
|9. Professor David Kavanagh
Queensland University of Technology
|10. Graham Gould
Lifeline Manager - South Coast, Honorary Fellow of University of of Wollongong, Psychologist
|11. Eve Barratt
Lifeline Manager - South East SA, Psychologist
|12. Julie Agonoff
Director, Change Futures, Queensland, Psychologist
The Lifeline Research Foundation seeks funds from research bodies, corporate donors and private contributors to collect and make available new knowledge on suicide prevention.
You can help today – give to the Lifeline Foundation for Suicide Prevention – better knowledge for better services will mean more lives saved.
For information about the Foundation or to make a donation please contact 02 6215 9400 or [email protected]
The following corporate partners support the Lifeline Research Foundation
MLC Community Foundation
Clayton Utz Foundation