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Suicide prevention will be in focus at Addiction and Mental Health Services Research Symposium

21 November 2019

The best minds in mental health and suicide prevention will discuss the importance of research to suicide prevention when more than 300 delegates come together at the Addiction and Mental Health Research Symposium at Princess Alexandra Hospital tomorrow.

Suicide is a significant public health issue in Australia, posing a considerable burden of disease and mortality and the Symposium will showcase some of the research projects that aim to improve patient care and improve outcomes across addiction and mental health services.

The Symposium’s theme “Research – fundamental to enhanced care”, examines how ground-breaking research can be translated into real outcomes for addiction and mental health consumers, their carers, families and friends.

The Symposium’s keynote speaker, Professor Debra Rickwood Debra, is the Chief Scientific Advisor and Executive Director of Research and Evaluation, has been with headspace National since 2011 and will talk about brining research to life in the youth mental health sector.

Her work spans the spectrum of interventions for mental health, from mental health promotion for all young people, prevention and early intervention, to recovery and continuity of care for young people.

Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health at PAH Dr Manaan Kar Ray will discuss suicide risk assessment and management.

Dr Kar Ray will discuss the PROTECT framework which makes a strong case for a new mindset; from a deficits-based approach of "What's the matter with you?” to a  recovery oriented assets based "What matters to you".

Dr Kar Ray said the PROTECT training pulls together the latest in the field of suicide prevention through relational safety.

“PROTECT provides a structured approach to mindfully manage ones thinking, feelings and responses  hat are needed to steer a person amidst intense suicidal distress towards safety,” he said.

Addiction and Mental Health Services would like to acknowledge sponsors, Locatrix and HESTA.

Last updated 21 November 2019
Last reviewed 19 July 2019

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