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Suicidal behaviours and ideation amongst Samoan people: The journey towards prevention

36 months
Approved budget:
Professor Jemaima Tiatia-Siau
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lay summary
This is a Postdoctoral application and the applicant was a recipient of an HRC PhD award. She successfully completed her doctorate. The proposed qualitative study seeks to investigate the perceptions of Samoan people 18+ years who have engaged in suicidal behaviours and/or suicidal ideation, as well as an exploration of resiliency factors. In so doing, this proposed study intends to: (1) describe the Samoan population engaged in a Pacific mental health/community service as a result of suicidal behaviours/ideation during a 12-month period, and exploring their perceptions surrounding the event(s) it will (2) identify and describe resiliency factors they consider would help decrease further risk of suicidal behaviour or suicidal ideation; (3) provide information which will further contribute to suicide prevention strategies and assist in effective and appropriate Pacific mental health/community service delivery regarding suicidal behaviours and ideation amongst Samoan people and, potentially, Pacific communities. It is envisaged that this research will contribute to developing ways to enhance health and wellbeing outcomes for Samoan people with the long-term goal of reducing suicidal behaviours and suicidal ideation in this population. The supervisor for this study is Dr Melani Anae from the Centre of Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland.