Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention
The Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) is concerned with lowering suicide rates in Australia and brings together key researchers to work towards this aim.
Suicide is recognised as a public health crisis both in Australia and around the world. It is the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15-44 years – more common than deaths from motor vehicle accidents or skin cancer and the tenth most common cause of death overall for Australian males. Research indicates that a large fraction of suicides can be prevented by early intervention, however, most people who suicide have had no contact with any health or social organisation that can assist them. Despite investment in suicide prevention activities and interventions in Australia, evidence suggests these were largely ineffective and highlights the need to focus on strategies that have been proven to work.
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