New study will try to save lives by better understanding suicide

New study will try to save lives by better understanding suicide

A ground-breaking study will examine every Victorian suicide over a two-year period to try to save the lives of people who may be at risk of suicide in the future. beyondblue has joined forces with the Coroners Court of Victoria and The University of Melbourne to fund a study investigating over 1000 confirmed suicides and other suspected suicide deaths that occurred between 2009 and 2010. The $277,390 study will identify the frequency and nature of any contact these people had with health, housing and other services such as police, ambulance and health professionals before they died. beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said the findings would be used to enhance Victoria’s suicide register, managed by the Coroners Court, to create a comprehensive map of the service pathways people used before their death.

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