Stemming the Tide of Suicide in Australia

Suicide is the most common cause of death for young people in Australia. The Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) brings together leading experts to research more effective ways of intervening early to save lives.

Working together with the Black Dog Institute, CRESP is taking a systems approach to suicide prevention, drawing on the positive results of similar suicide prevention programs overseas.

We believe an integrated approach that brings together a range of approaches, including appropriate and continuing care after hospitalisation, better training for primary carers, better access to psychological services and better awareness, could reduce the suicide rate by 20% in Australia.

Our research into suicide prevention includes trials into online self-help programs, the development of an app for people with suicidal thoughts and the testing of new and better delivery options for interventions.