There are many complex challenges faced by young people in Australia and lowering levels of youth suicide will take a coordinated evidence-based multi-stakeholder approach. The Australian Youth Suicide Prevention Summit will connect the diverse range of workers throughout the country tackling this important issue to learn from one another and further develop a national approach to youth suicide prevention together.
Topics to be explored will include
- Latest developments in evidence-based suicide prevention
- Strong case examples of multi-stakeholder approaches to suicide prevention
- Improving coordinated responses to suicide crisis at postvention stage
- Policy & public health led approaches to youth suicide prevention
- Youth mental health promotion & early intervention in schools & education institutions
- Empowering Aboriginal-led approaches to suicide prevention in Indigenous communities
Who will attend?
Key stakeholders involved in youth mental health and suicide prevention from:
- Hospitals & Local Health Districts
- Primary Health Networks
- Federal, State & Local Government
- Community Mental Health Providers
- Allied Psychological Services
- Schools & Tertiary Education Providers
- NGOs in Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, NDIS & Youth Services
- First Responders
- Leading Youth Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Research Groups
- Peak Bodies, Associations & Advocacy Groups
Criterion is keen to support participation of a diverse range of delegates and will offer a select number of free passes to representatives of small NGOs, people with lived experience, carers and other interested individuals who may not otherwise be able to pay to attend. To apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you care about is in crisis and you think immediate action is needed, please call emergency services on 000. If you are feeling distressed, contact:
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Attend to learn:
- Stay abreast with latest evidence-based practices in youth suicide prevention
- Learn from with your peers and benchmark your approaches to suicide prevention
- Connect with other front line workers focused on suicide prevention and young people
- Take home practical skills to improve your ability to engage in a helpful way with suicidal young people
- INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: What are the ingredients of best evidence-based suicide prevention practice for young people?
- Lived experience frameworks for engaging young people in mental health & suicide prevention discussion
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led approaches to youth mental health & suicide prevention
- Project Synergy – co-designing, building and testing technology-enabled solutions for mental health services reform
- Mindframe – encouraging responsible, accurate & sensitive representation of mental illness & suicide in the Australian media
- Examining the impacts of bullying as a driver of youth suicide – tackling this complex social challenge
National Suicide Research Foundation (Ireland)
Professor and Chief Scientist, School of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health & National Suicide Research Foundation, University College Cork, Ireland, WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance and Research in Suicide Prevention, International Association for Suicide Prevention.
Professor Ella Arensman is Research Professor with the School of Public Health, University College Cork and Chief Scientist with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), Ireland. She is Vice President of the European Alliance Against Depression and past President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. She is Visiting Professor with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, and an expert advisor for WHO.
Prof Arensman has been involved in research and prevention into suicide, self-harm and related mental health and social issues for more than 30 years and she leads a multidisciplinary research team. Her interests and expertise represent multiple research areas, including risk and protective factors associated with suicide and self-harm, real-time surveillance of suicide and self-harm, effectiveness of suicide prevention and self-harm intervention programmes, and clustering and contagion of suicidal behaviour with a particular focus on young people. In Ireland, she played a key role in developing the first and second National Suicide Prevention Programme: Reach Out, 2005-2014, and Connecting for Life, 2015-2020. She has published over 160 papers in peer review journals as well as reports for government departments and policy makers.
Department of Health WA
Warwick Smith is the Director Youth Mental Health ( NMHS) in Western Australia.
Warwick has over 30 years of developing high quality innovative and accessible mental health services.
He has involved the consumer voice in service planning and reform
Warwick was the joint winner of the 2018 Exceptional Contribution Award at the Mental Health Service Awards (TheMHS) for Australia and New Zealand.
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Dr Brown is a psychiatrist who works part-time in Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service (MSAMHS) in Brisbane and is a Senior Clinical Advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on a project on digital mental health services. She also is a Member of the Agency Management Committee of AHPRA and a Member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.
Dr Brown has held numerous clinical and administrative positions in psychiatry, including Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission, Chief Psychiatrist in three jurisdictions, and as an NHS International Fellow.
She was the Director-General of ACT Health for over five years, and served as the Chair of the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council (AHMAC) from 2013-2015. In January 2018, she was admitted as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and in May 2019, was awarded the RANZCP College Citation for services to psychiatry.
David is the headspace Schools National Clinical Advisor for the Be You framework. He has extensive experience as a clinician working with children, youth and families. David has worked in regional, remote and metropolitan services, across government and non-government education and mental health services, inclusive of programs specifically supporting young people and their families from refugee and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities. Be You offers schools nationally the tools, resources and advice to implement a whole-school approach to growing Australia’s most mentally healthy generation. David leads the clinical aspects of the Be You framework’s national implementation.
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