Evidence-based multi-stakeholder approaches to youth mental health
Conference Date
12th -15th November 2019
CQ Functions Melbourne
Early Bird - Save $600
Book by 27/09/19


Australia's only national youth suicide prevention-focused summit
As youth suicide rates continue rising at an alarming rate in Australia, particularly in Indigenous communities, we have convened this policy, health and community sector-focused conference on the critical challenge of preventing youth suicide in Australia.

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

Free Pass Application
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 customercare@criterionconferences.com.

Join us at our fundraising dinner, in partnership with Roses in the Ocean. Click here to learn more.

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
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Key Speakers

Professor Ella Arensman
Chief Scientist
National Suicide Research Foundation (Ireland)
Warwick Smith
Director, Youth Mental Health (NMHS)
Department of Health WA
Dr Peggy Brown
Senior Clinical Advisor
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
David Wild
National Clinical Advisor - Be You


What People Are Saying

  • “Too many young Australians are taking their own lives. It is a curse on our country.”

    Scott Morrison
    Prime Minister of Australia


  • Date: 26 Aug 2019  By: Roses in the Ocean

    Suicide impacts all parts of the Australian community, and for too many years we have seen suicide occurring in increasing numbers in our younger people, which is absolutely tragic. There is a fine line between not talking enough and potentially talking too much about suicide with our youth, and indeed the way in which we …

  • Date: 16 Aug 2019  By: Criterion Content Team

    Suicide is one of the most complex phenomenons affecting Australia. A public health issue affecting individuals, families, workplaces and communities, the issue is multifaceted and subject to environmental, psychological, emotional, socio-economic, cultural and religious factor among others. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 24 years old. According to Life …

  • Date: 1 Aug 2019  By: Criterion Content Team

    In a world-first study, the Black Dog Institute has revealed promising strategies for embedding psychological resilience in emergency service workers and first responders.  There are over 80,000 fulltime emergency workers in Australia. By definition their roles entail highly challenging working conditions and regular exposure to traumatic incidents. Over half of emergency service responders have experienced …

  • Date: 29 Nov 2018  By: Ash Natesh

    Emergency Services personnel are always at the forefront when it comes to helping distressed citizens. They do an exceptional job in alleviating stress in emergency situations. The nature of emergency service work routinely exposes workers to trauma. However, a culture of stigma continues to prevent those who need help from seeking it. Because of this, …

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