Join us on Friday, 11 September from 12-1pm to mark World Suicide Prevention Day (Thursday, 10 September).
Orygen's suicide prevention research team will share their work in youth suicide prevention, discuss the evidence base and showcase a number of studies in this space.
Multimodal Approach to Preventing Suicide in Schools: The MAPSS project
Dr Sadhbh Byrne will outline the Multimodal Approach to Presenting Suicide in Schools (MAPSS) project. This project combines three different suicide prevention approaches, delivered to year 10 students in participating schools across north and west Melbourne. Sadhbh will also describe another project which runs alongside MAPSS – the Parent Education for Responding to and Supporting Youth with Suicidal Thoughts (PERSYST) study, which is evaluating an online suicide alertness educational program with parents of young people aged 12 to 25 years.
Sadhbh completed her PhD on the role that parents and peers play in supporting young people with depression at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and works on the MAPSS school-based project among others as a research assistant on the suicide prevention team.
Integrating digital interventions into face-to-face care
Eleanor Bailey will focus on the integration of digital interventions into face-to-face care for young people at risk of suicide, via the discussion of two specific projects: Affinity, a Moderated Online Social Therapy (MOST) intervention designed for young people with active suicidal ideation; and a new project which aims to develop best-practice guidelines for integrating digital interventions into face-to-face care for young people at risk of suicide.
Eleanor Bailey is a fourth-year PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Swinburne University, and a research assistant on the Orygen suicide prevention research team.
#chatsafe: A young person’s guide for communicating safely online about suicide
Developed in 2018, the #chatsafe guidelines are the world’s first set of evidence-based tools and tips to help young people communicate safely online about suicide. Since their creation, the downloads have been downloaded over 50,000 times and in 2020, the guidelines were adapted for 10 different regions worldwide. Dr Louise La Sala's presentation will provide an overview of all current #chatsafe projects, including the nation-wide social media campaign that has been evaluated by over 400 young people across Australia.
Louise completed her PhD at Swinburne University in 2019, and is now a full-time research assistant on the #chatsafe project with the Orygen suicide prevention research team.
Date: Friday, 11 September 2020