Suicide prevention studies

Suicide prevention studies

The suicide prevention team at Orygen are looking for young people to participate in three different studies happening over the next 12 months. The studies aim to develop guidelines on the following three areas:

  • Integrating digital tools into clinical care for young people who experience suicidal thoughts or self-harm
  • Involving young people with lived experience of suicide or self-harm in all stages of research activities
  • How young people could safely communicate about self-harm and suicide on social media (second edition of the global #chatsafe guidelines (

The three studies use the “Delphi” method to develop guidelines. The Delphi method is a way of getting agreement from experts around a particular topic. We are hoping to recruit three different panels of experts (young people), one panel for each of the studies. 

At this stage we are just looking for expressions of interest. We will provide much more detail if you’re interested and eligible, and you don’t need to decide if you want to participate until then. 

What will be involved?

Participation will involve completion of online questionnaires (up to three questionnaires over a few months). In some cases, you may be given the option to complete the questionnaire as part of a workshop with other young people. 

Your information will be kept private and you won’t be identified in the guidelines or any other publications that come out of these research projects, without your consent.

You will be reimbursed AUD$30.00 per hour for your time.

I’m interested – what’s next? 

You’ll first need to complete a brief screening questionnaire (at the bottom of this page) and will be asked if you are particularly interested (or not interested) in any of the three studies. You will also be asked to provide your contact details. 

A member of our team will then get in touch to let you know if you are eligible to take part and discuss the options for participation. Please note, because the studies are running at different times, it may be a few months before we contact you. There are also a limited number of places in this study (up to 30 young people in each). If you express your interest now but then change your mind about participating by the time the research team contacts you, that is also completely fine. 

If you’re still interested, visit this link on Qualtrix to complete the screening questions and provide your contact details.

Here are more details on the three studies

A brief summary of each is below:



Background and purpose

Who can participate

Study 1:

We know that digital interventions, such as apps or websites, have the potential to help young people who experience suicidal thoughts and behaviours, including self-harm. At the moment, there isn’t much guidance for clinicians or services on how to use digital interventions with this group, or for services regarding how to integrate digital interventions into clinical care. The aim of the study is to develop a set of best-practice guidelines to help clinicians and services better-integrate digital interventions into standard clinical care.

Young people who are 15-25 years old, live in Australia, and have used a digital intervention or program designed to help with suicidal thoughts and/or self-harm 

Study 2:

Involving young people with a lived experience of suicide and/or self-harm in suicide research makes sure that new approaches are youth friendly and that the findings are relevant to the real life experience of young people. Currently, very little suicide research has involved young people in the work itself. The aim of this study is to develop a set of guidelines to support both researchers and young people to safely partner in suicide research.

Young people aged 15-30 years, live in Australia, Ireland, Canada, United States of America, New Zealand, United Kingdom, have a lived experience of suicide and/or self-harm, have participated in a research study focused on lived experience of suicide or self-harm in the past when aged 15-25 years.

Study 3:

In 2018, we developed the world’s first guidelines on how young people could safely communicate online about suicide. These guidelines (called the #chatsafe guidelines) were published in various countries, implemented as a national social media campaign, and included in the safety centres of some social media platforms. Although the guidelines and associated resources have been shown to be safe, acceptable, and beneficial, they focus on suicide and do not provide guidance on self-harm. The aim of this study is to update and expand the #chatsafe guidelines to include explicit guidance for young people on safe communication about self-harm as well as suicide. 

Young people who are 15-25 years old and have seen self-harm or suicide content, or communicated or wanted to communicate about self-harm or suicide on social media.


You do not need lived experience of self-harm or suicide to take part in this study.


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