Journal article

The Need For and Acceptance of a Suicide Postvention Support Service for Australian Secondary Schools

Debra Rickwood, Nic Telford, Vanessa Kennedy, Eleanor Bailey, Jo Robinson

Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2018


Suicide-related behaviours are relatively common among school-aged young people, and schools are an appropriate setting for activities that aim to prevent and assist recovery after suicide. headspace School Support is a specialist service that assists Australian secondary schools to be prepared for and recover from suicide. Through the responses of secondary school personnel to two surveys, this study explored awareness of and need for such services (n= 214), and satisfaction with and impacts of the service (n= 359). Findings indicate that most schools are aware of headspace School Support and regard specialised suicide support as needed. Most respondents indicated that the service increased..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Dr Jo Robinson is funded by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is funded by the Australian Government.