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Research Thesis Topic

Suicide Talk: Client, Clinician, and Online Interactions


Topic ID
40

Thesis Topic/Title
Suicide Talk: Client, Clinician, and Online Interactions

Description

More Australians die from suicide than road deaths every year. Lifeline estimates that for each person who completes suicide at least 30 people have attempted suicide, and a further 2000 people a day think about ending their life. Predicting with certainty who will attempt suicide is difficult. What we know is that those who attempt suicide are more likely to have a pre-existing mental health problem than not. Organisations such as Beyond Blue, R U Ok, and Lifeline outline suicide prevention strategies that revolve around talking about suicide with the person you are worried about. However little empirical research has focused on how suicide is actually talked about between clinicians and clients, families, or in online spaces. There are suggestions for what to ask but little guidance on how to ask about what are delicate matters. The aim of this project is to explore how suicide talk is constituted. Depending on the student’s interest this may be between clinicians and clients, amongst families, or in online suicide support forums.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Centre for Health Sciences Research
  • School of Psychology and Counselling

Field of Research
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Other Medical and Health Sciences
  • Public Health and Health Services


Application Open Date
29/02/2016

Application Close Date
31/12/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics
No

Admission Requirements

Please review the admission requirements for the academic program associated with this Thesis Topic

Students who are interested in this area are encouraged to contact Professor Lamont-Mills in the first instance. Students with a health background would be well suited to this area




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