Health Minister Greg Hunt launches new Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention
Published: 20 November, 2019
Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, will officially launch the Black Dog Institute’s Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) Phase 2 this Wednesday 20 November.
Supported by $2.5 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), CRESP Phase 2 marks the next stage of a critical national suicide prevention research program which brings together world-leading experts to identify and test new evidence-based strategies to help save lives.
Under the leadership of Chief Investigator Professor Helen Christensen AO, Director and Chief Scientist of the Black Dog Institute, CRESP Phase 2 will feature a renewed focus on lived experience insights and technology-supported suicide prevention solutions.
“CRESP Phase 1 laid the groundwork for multi-level approaches and highlighted that no single strategy in isolation is enough to tackle the global problem of suicide,” said Professor Christensen.
“But impact requires both effective programs and geographic saturation. We want to do more than simply scratch the surface, so CRESP Phase 2 is about reach – penetrating and changing every community through technological solutions.
“Collectively, CRESP researchers will investigate new ways to deliver integrated solutions through communities, workplaces, schools and medical environments. These activities will be led by insights from people with lived experience of suicide and draw on technology and data.”
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said phase two of the Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention was a critical investment that would ultimately “save lives and protect lives.”
“Supporting Australia’s research in suicide prevention is critical in reducing the number of lives lost to suicide,” Minister Hunt said.
“This is a significant opportunity for Australian researchers to focus on real time suicide risk detection and prevention, providing outcomes that aim to reduce suicide rates.”
The launch comes as Australia continues to grapple with the tragic cost of suicide, with up to eight Australians taking their lives each day.
CRESP Phase 2 will see researchers working across six key domains: schools; workplaces; online communities; healthcare settings; means restriction and public safety; crisis care and aftercare.
These settings will be considered alongside insights from people with firsthand experience of suicidal thoughts, suicide attempt or bereavement through a new Lived Experience Resource Centre. The Centre drives lived experience input into research from idea conception through to end-product dissemination, to help achieve greater engagement with suicide prevention strategies and programs.
The official launch will feature an overview of CRESP Phase 2, including the workplace suicide prevention stream, and a commemorative plaque will be revealed to mark the launch.
The Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) aims to lower suicide rates in Australia by bringing together world-leading minds who generate new knowledge on effective suicide prevention and treatment. Across the first five years of CRESP, known as CRESP Phase 1, CRESP researchers published dozens of peer-reviewed publications, generated new datasets and databases to guide future research, and collated a collection of suicide prevention resources and programs including LifeSpan, Australia’s largest scientific suicide prevention trial.
If you or someone you know is in crisis please call one of the following national helplines:
LIFELINE COUNSELLING SERVICE - 13 11 14
SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE 1300 659 467 (cost of a local call)