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Evidence-based suicide prevention for youth in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand

48 months
Approved budget:
Ms Linda Bowden
Associate Professor Sarah Hetrick
Dr Sarah Fortune
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Lay summary
I am a registered occupational therapist and have worked in clinical and leadership roles, most recently as suicide prevention coordinator for Counties Manukau District Health Board. I completed my Masters in Health Science degree in 2015 and have been working as a senior research assistant. I am committed to research as a component to my career. I will apply robust statistical methods to investigate time trends in suicide and self-harm rates while examining the role of age, sex, ethnicity, deprivation and methods of self-harm. I will undertake a systematic review about best practices for schools supporting young people who engage in self-harm, particularly focused on engagement with whānau. Finally, I will interview both school personnel and whānau to examine their expectations, experience, and support and resource needs, with regard to implementing this evidence. The outcome will be an evidenced-based approach to support young people engaging in self-harm, and ultimately, prevent suicide.