The National Mental Health Commission will partner with the International Association of Suicide Prevention to deliver a global event on on suicide research and prevention in Queensland later this year.
The 31st World Congress will be held on the Gold Coast and online from 21-24 September.
The event will provide up to 1,000 individuals — including academics, researchers, practitioners, those with lived experience — from around the world with opportunities to collaborate on suicide research and prevention initiatives.
Lived experience and living experience is central to best practice in suicide prevention, according to National Mental Health Commission CEO Christine Morgan.
“Broadening the national suicide prevention approach must be informed by what people experiencing suicidal distress really need,” she said.
The commission will provide 150 bursaries to people who have experienced suicidal ideation, suicide attempt or who have lost a loved one to suicide. Morgan, who is also the prime minister’s suicide prevention adviser, has encouraged these individuals to apply.
“We need your input and invaluable experience. Your voices are crucial to driving a genuine shift in our national response to mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention reform,” she said.
Bursary applications close on June 15. Commission chair Lucy Brogden said the bursaries would allow the ‘diverse group of experts through experience’ to give researchers, mental health professionals and service providers feedback on what can be done more effectively to prevent suicide.