CMHR - Suicide Research

Priority area: Transforming our world
For every young person who dies by suicide, whole families and many others around them are left devastated. Comparatively little research has been directed to understanding and preventing suicide or to evaluating methods to disseminate suicide prevention programs in the community.

Every year 2,500 people die as a result of suicide in Australia, with suicide being the most common cause of death among young people and adults aged 15-44 years. Each year in Australia there are more deaths from suicide than from homicide and car crashes combined.

The Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR) is currently undertaking and planning a range of studies focusing on suicide and its prevention. 

These studies are aimed at understanding community attitudes and knowledge about suicide and to develop measures for assessing them.  The Centre also seeks to answer such questions as "What are the risk factors for suicidal thoughts?" and "Why do some people with mental health problems develop suicidal thought while others do not?"  

Donations to the CMHR - Suicide Prevention fund supports the development of suicide prevention initiatives and programs to assist those with thoughts of suicide.

About the Centre

The Centre for Mental Health Research undertakes a range of short and long-term research and development projects focusing primarily on depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and suicide prevention. In addition to its E-mental Health Research & Development Unit, the Centre incorporates a unique Depression & Anxiety Consumer Research Unit that focuses on research undertaken from a consumer perspective.

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