safeTALK in schools – Pilot Study

The initial findings of the safeTALK in Schools pilot research study indicate that educating high school students about suicide and ways to seek help is not only appropriate, but vital to creating more resilient and suicide-safe communities.

Lifeline Research Foundation Executive Director Alan Woodward said the findings, presented by researchers from Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and Lifeline Central Australia at the Suicide Prevention Australia Conference in July, could have significant implications on how we talk about suicide in Australia and beyond.

“There is a worldwide gap in research on the effectiveness of educational programs like safeTALK in Schools,” Mr Woodward said. “As such, the innovative work of Lifeline Central Australia has been pivotal in helping us forge valuable new ground in this area.

“So far, the pilot study with an Alice Springs high school has shown that the delivery of safeTALK in Schools is both safe and effective, helping students identify people at risk of suicide and linking them to relevant services.”

Mr Woodward said the pilot study also revealed limitations around current suicide prevention strategies.

“Young people surveyed in the research have reported the greatest barrier to seeking help was the stigma around suicide and ‘what would people think’, rather than the accessibility of services,” Mr Woodward said.

“This challenges many current approaches to suicide prevention for young people that focus on making services available and promoting their use.”

The safeTALK in Schools research project is being run in partnership with Lifeline Central Australia, Orygen, the University of Melbourne and Columbia University, with support from the Lifeline Research Foundation.

Project Team - safeTALK in Schools

Image right to left: Jo Robinson, Orygen; Karen Revel, Lifeline Central Australia; Eleanor Bailey, Orygen; Alan Woodward, Lifeline Research Foundation

- See more at: https://www.lifeline.org.au/About-Lifeline/Publications-Library/Lifeline-Newsletters/August-2015/safeTALK-in-schools-Pilot-Study#sthash.Tnj3nCss.dpuf

safeTALK in schools – Pilot Study

The initial findings of the safeTALK in Schools pilot research study indicate that educating high school students about suicide and ways to seek help is not only appropriate, but vital to creating more resilient and suicide-safe communities.

Lifeline Research Foundation Executive Director Alan Woodward said the findings, presented by researchers from Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and Lifeline Central Australia at the Suicide Prevention Australia Conference in July, could have significant implications on how we talk about suicide in Australia and beyond.

“There is a worldwide gap in research on the effectiveness of educational programs like safeTALK in Schools,” Mr Woodward said. “As such, the innovative work of Lifeline Central Australia has been pivotal in helping us forge valuable new ground in this area.

“So far, the pilot study with an Alice Springs high school has shown that the delivery of safeTALK in Schools is both safe and effective, helping students identify people at risk of suicide and linking them to relevant services.”

Mr Woodward said the pilot study also revealed limitations around current suicide prevention strategies.

“Young people surveyed in the research have reported the greatest barrier to seeking help was the stigma around suicide and ‘what would people think’, rather than the accessibility of services,” Mr Woodward said.

“This challenges many current approaches to suicide prevention for young people that focus on making services available and promoting their use.”

The safeTALK in Schools research project is being run in partnership with Lifeline Central Australia, Orygen, the University of Melbourne and Columbia University, with support from the Lifeline Research Foundation.

Project Team - safeTALK in Schools

Image right to left: Jo Robinson, Orygen; Karen Revel, Lifeline Central Australia; Eleanor Bailey, Orygen; Alan Woodward, Lifeline Research Foundation

- See more at: https://www.lifeline.org.au/About-Lifeline/Publications-Library/Lifeline-Newsletters/August-2015/safeTALK-in-schools-Pilot-Study#sthash.Tnj3nCss.dpuf

safeTALK in schools – Pilot Study

(AUSTRALIA)

The initial findings of the safeTALK in Schools pilot research study indicate that educating high school students about suicide and ways to seek help is not only appropriate, but vital to creating more resilient and suicide-safe communities.

Lifeline Research Foundation Executive Director Alan Woodward said the findings, presented by researchers from Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and Lifeline Central Australia at the Suicide Prevention Australia Conference in July, could have significant implications on how we talk about suicide in Australia and beyond.

“There is a worldwide gap in research on the effectiveness of educational programs like safeTALK in Schools,” Mr Woodward said. “As such, the innovative work of Lifeline Central Australia has been pivotal in helping us forge valuable new ground in this area.

“So far, the pilot study with an Alice Springs high school has shown that the delivery of safeTALK in Schools is both safe and effective, helping students identify people at risk of suicide and linking them to relevant services.”

Mr Woodward said the pilot study also revealed limitations around current suicide prevention strategies.

“Young people surveyed in the research have reported the greatest barrier to seeking help was the stigma around suicide and ‘what would people think’, rather than the accessibility of services,” Mr Woodward said.

“This challenges many current approaches to suicide prevention for young people that focus on making services available and promoting their use.”

The safeTALK in Schools research project is being run in partnership with Lifeline Central Australia, Orygen, the University of Melbourne and Columbia University, with support from the Lifeline Research Foundation.

Project Team - safeTALK in Schools

Image right to left: Jo Robinson, Orygen; Karen Revel, Lifeline Central Australia; Eleanor Bailey, Orygen; Alan Woodward, Lifeline Research Foundation



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Latest Research

A groundbreaking study has shown that LivingWorks’ ASIST program helps caregivers provide effective help to persons at risk in immediate suicide first-aid situations.

Conducted by leading suicide researchers at Columbia and Rochester Universities, the Impact of ASIST on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline study evaluated over 1,500 calls made to the Lifeline and showed that callers working with ASIST-trained counselors were
significantly less depressed and suicidal—and significantly more hopeful about living.

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Gould et al (2013) Impact of ASIST on the NSPL 676691 published SLBT December 2013 Vol 436 pp 676-691.pdf

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If you think you, or someone you know, may be thinking about suicide, or you have been affected by the death or injury of someone to suicide.

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