Mental Health Foundation Wednesday 21 August 2013, 1:35PM
A conference to bring together some of the world's best minds on
the topic of suicide prevention will be held in Auckland on 10
September - World Suicide Prevention Day.
A brilliant selection of New Zealand and international speakers
for Suicide Prevention 2013 will share recent research,
practice and expertise in different areas of suicide
Suicide Prevention 2013 will look at suicide for a range of
different age-groups, with speakers discussing risk and protective
factors and prevention programmes for people at different times of
"We hope this conference will expose people to new ideas, new
findings and trends in suicide prevention," says Dr Annette
Beautrais, conference organiser and Adjunct Professor at the School
of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury.
Two leading researchers from the USA will speak at the
conference. Geriatric psychiatrist Professor Yeates Conwell, from
the University of Rochester, NY, will discuss why suicide
prevention in older adults should be a priority, given our aging
population. Dr Julie Cerel from the University of Kentucky will
talk about her work with the US Military Suicide Bereavement Study
and how people are affected by suicide bereavement.
Moira Clunie, from the Mental Health Foundation, Dr Helen Hamer,
and Dr Mathijs Lucassen, both from the University of Auckland, will
talk about stigma as a risk factor for suicide, and how to promote
social inclusion. Members of CASA - Clinical Advisory Services
Aotearoa - will lead a discussion of critical issues in suicide
"Many people who work on suicide prevention do so in isolation,"
says Professor Beautrais. "This conference is a chance to bring
together all New Zealanders working in this field - to network,
collaborate, and to become valuable resources for each other."
On 9 September, the Mental Health Foundation is also supporting
a short Mindframe workshop on how to work effectively with the
media to share stories about mental health and suicide.
The workshop, hosted by Jaelea Skehan, Director of the Hunter
Institute of Mental Health, is designed for people involved with
the mental health and suicide prevention sector or other associated
Suicide Prevention 2013 is organised by researcher Dr Annette
Beautrais, and will be hosted with the assistance of the Mental
Health Foundation and the support of the University of Otago. It
will be held at Ellerslie Events Centre, Auckland on Tuesday 10
September 2013 from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.