Perth researchers receive national suicide prevention awards

September 15, 2005

Suicide prevention researcher Kate Miller has been recognised for her innovative work in developing safe, effective online resources for young people.

24 year old Kate is a project coordinator with the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

Kate has developed a unique Internet resource targeted at young people who access suicide prevention information or support through the Internet.

"The resource shows young people ways that they can safely access support and information on the Internet and how to respond and support email friends who are at-risk or have indicated their intent to harm themselves."

"It also examines the advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet for suicide prevention information and lists websites that provide credible sources of information such as Reachout," Ms Miller said.

Kate also is responsible for the website for the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and developed the ASPiRE (Australian Suicide Prevention Information Resource Exchange) website, supported by Woodside Energy.

Professor Sven Silburn, who Chairs for the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention at the Institute, also received an Outstanding Contribution Award to acknowledge his major role in suicide prevention research in Australia.

The LiFe Awards are presented annually by Suicide Prevention Australia, a non-Government not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting the important initiatives undertaken by all those working in suicide prevention. (http://www.suicidepreventionaust.org)
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