Event: Ethical design in suicide prevention

Event: Ethical design in suicide prevention

5 March 2021

Presented by:
Orygen, RMIT University, Portable and Melbourne Design Week

Date: Tuesday, 30 March

Time: 5:30pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Orygen, 35 Poplar Rd, Parkville

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Orygen is delighted to take part in the 2021 Melbourne Design Week and showcase how care and empathy has played an integral role in developing #chatsafe content - designed with young people, for young people as part of Orygen’s suicide prevention research.

Attendees will hear from a panel of young people, suicide prevention, and design experts and will have the opportunity to contribute to an important discussion on how social media can be used ethically in suicide prevention.

Panellists bring together the voices of leading researchers in youth suicide prevention, communication design students, design lecturers and industry professionals to share their perspectives about our collaborative experiences co-designing safe online spaces and developing design processes of care around representing mental health and suicide.

This event will also feature a digital exhibition of work developed by students from RMIT, and other young people involved in the #chatsafe project.

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Please note: The panel discussion will be discussing sensitive topics relating to mental health, suicide, self-harm and youth suicide prevention.

Meet our panellists

Associate Professor Jo Robinson, Head of Suicide Prevention, Orygen

Associate Professor Jo Robinson leads the suicide prevention research unit at Orygen. Her work focuses on the development, and rigorous testing, of novel interventions that specifically target at risk youth across settings, on evidence synthesis, and on the translation of research evidence into practice and policy. Her work also has a strong focus on the potential of social media platforms in suicide prevention. This includes the development of the #chatsafe guidelines, the first evidence-based guidelines for safe peer-peer communication about suicide online, which were recently brought to life via a national social media campaign and adapted for ten additional regions.

Dr Nicola St John, Design Lecturer, RMIT

Dr Nicola St John is an award-winning researcher and design lecturer. Her teaching practice encourages the incorporation of careful, ethical and respectful processes, cultural awareness and co-design methodologies within design education, arguing socially-engaged designers are able to improve their ability to influence attitudes, represent diverse voices, change behaviours, inspire debates, and challenge understandings. Her research is concerned with increasing diverse access and pathways to communication design education and participation in design industries.

Celia Delaney, Design Strategist, Portable

Celia Delaney is an experienced Design Strategist at Portable, a research, design and technology studio based in Collingwood, Melbourne. Originally from London, she has a passion for Human Centred Design and its ability to connect with and empower audiences. Her experience lies in participatory research, working with a diverse range of communities to create positive change in a number of areas including mental health, death and ageing, accessible nightlife, and the cultural sector.

RMIT Communications Design Students

The panel will also include Joanne Amarisa and Linsy Angwyn, RMIT students who have recently taken part in a #chatsafe project as part of their Bachelor of Communication Design.

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