Project Title

Suicide and self-harm among young women and girls

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Research interests of the team

This study will examine:

  • The socioeconomic and clinical drivers of suicide rates among young women in Australia.
  • Young women’s help-seeking behaviours.
  • How services respond, so we can understand the possible barriers and facilitators to optimal treatment.

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Suicide is a leading cause of mortality among young people worldwide. In Australia, young female suicide rates have increased by 76 per cent over the past 10 years. Given that young females do seek help, this increase in suicide rates is unprecedented.

We urgently need to understand:

  • why young female suicide rates are increasing so dramatically, compared to young men
  • the different responses to this trend to advance learning, practice improvement and policy success.


Professor Jo Robinson
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