Below you will find a selection of peer-reviewed papers authored by staff at Everymind related to our work in mental health and suicide prevention.

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2022

The ripple effect silence and powerlessness: Hidden barriers to discussing suicide in Australian Aboriginal communities

BMC Psychology. 21 January 2022.

The ripple effect, silence and powerlessness: hidden barriers to discussing suicide in Australian Aboriginal communities.

Todd R. Heard, Katherine McGill, Jaelea Skehan and Bronwyn Rose

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Cost-effectiveness of media reporting guidelines for the prevention of suicide

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviour.

Media guidelines for the responsible reporting of suicide are a recognized universal suicide prevention intervention. While implemented in nu- merous countries, including Australia, little is known about whether they are cost-effective. We aimed to determine the cost-effectiveness of Mindframe, the national initiative implementing media guidelines in Australia.

Anna Flego MPH, Lennart Reifels PhD, Cathrine Mihalopoulos PhD, Piumee Bandara MPH, Andrew Page PhD, Tina Fox MBA, Jaelea Skehan PhD, Nicole T. M. Hill PhD, Karolina Krysinska PhD, Karl Andriessen PhD, Marisa Schlichthorst PhD, Jane Pirkis PhD, Long Khanh-Dao Le PhD

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Preventing suicide in refugees and asylum seekers: a rapid literature review examining the role of suicide prevention training for health and support staff

International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 2022.

Refugees and asylum seekers are exposed to a unique set of circumstances and experiences that are associated with an increased suicide risk. Suicide prevention training has been recognised as a central component supporting a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.

Jessica Ingram, Bronte Lyford, Amanda McAtamney and Sally Fitzpatrick

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Supports and Interventions for Carers of a Person with Depressive or Anxiety Symptomology: A Systematic Review

Europe's Journal of Psychology. 2022.

An increasing body of research attests to the capacity of evidence-based interventions to improve outcomes for informal carers. A review of suitable supports and interventions for carers of a person with depressive or anxiety symptomology is timely. This systematic review explores intervention suitability evidence for this carer group.

Elloyse Fitzgeraldson, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Natasha Harding, Kimie M. McNaughton, Zoi Triandafilidis, Jacinta Heath, Bronte Lyford, Janine Charnley, and Sally Fitzpatrick

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Australian family day care educators’ experiences of supporting children’s mental health, and their own mental health and wellbeing

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 2021.

This mixed-methods study explored family day care educators’ confidence and capability to support children’s mental health and assessed their own mental health and wellbeing.

Romany McGuffog, Elloyse Fitzgeraldson, Bronte Lyford, Zoi Triandafilidis, Sally Fitzpatrick, Gavin Hazel

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Family day care educators’ ability to support children’s mental wellbeing and the impact of COVID-19

Journal of Early Childhood Research. 2022.

The childcare setting is a critical environment to observe, and also influence, children’s mental wellbeing. However, little research has examined the experiences and ability of Australian family day care educators in supporting children’s mental wellbeing. The present study aimed to explore how training, COVID-19, and partnerships influence FDC educators’ ability to promote children’s mental wellbeing.

Zoi Triandafilidis, Ashleigh Old, Tanya Hanstock and Sally Fitzpatrick

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2021

Effectiveness of a Malaysian Media Intervention Workshop: Safe Reporting on Suicide.

Frontiers in Psychology 12.

Jane Tze Yn Lim, Qijin Cheng, Yin Ping Ng, Kai Shuen Pheh, Ravivarma Rao Panirselvam, Kok Wai Tay, Joanne Bee Yin Lim, Wen Li Chan, Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin, Hazli Zakaria, Sara Bartlett, Jaelea Skehan, Ying-Yeh Chen, Paul Siu Fai Yip, Shamsul Azhar Shah and Lai Fong Chan

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Communicating about suicide during a global pandemic: impact on journalists and media audiences

Media International Australia 2021, Vol. 178(1)

COVID-19 has brought with it an increase in predictions of mental ill-health and suicide impacts in Australia. For journalists, it has been a period not only of personal stress about their economic livelihoods and occupational safety, but also balancing providing up to date information about the pandemic with safe, sensitive and accurate reporting on associated suicide and mental health issues.

Alexandra Wake, Elizabeth Paton and Rebecca Pryor

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Prevention of mental and substance use disorders: Shaping priorities for research and implementation

Mental Health & Prevention. 2021.

Prevention efforts can substantially reduce the human and economic costs of mental and substance use disorders.
However, a strategically integrated set of priorities for research and implementation is lacking. The Leaders in
Prevention Summit sought to address this need by bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders to identify
shared opportunities and priorities.

Simon T.E. Baker, Mark Deady, Louise Birrell, Kate Ross, Sally Fitzpatrick, Nicola Newton, Nicole Cockayne, Carmel Loughland, Helen Christensen, Maree Teesson and Cath Chapman

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Impacts of Societal Attitudes Towards Forcibly Displaced Young People

Social Science Protocols. Volume 4 (2021).

This scoping review seeks to systematically explore the academic and grey literature around both positive and negative societal attitudes in host countries, and the subsequent positive and negative impacts on young people from a refugee-like background.

Natasha Harding, Lynne McCormack and Sally Fitzpatrick

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2020

The uptake of evidence-informed guidelines for reporting suicide into media codes of practice and policies in Australia

Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 31: 482– 490.

Jaelea Skehan, Elizabeth Paton and Ross Tynan

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Suicides in Australia following media reports of the death of Robin Williams

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2020, Vol. 54(1).

This study assessed the extent to which local reporting of Robin Williams’ suicide (on 11 August 2014) was associated with suicide in Australia.

Jane Pirkis, Dianne Currier, Lay San Too, Marc Bryant, Sara Bartlett, Mark Sinyor and Matthew J Spittal

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Calls to helplines in Australia following media reports of Robin Williams’ suicide

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviour. 2020;50.

In the United States, there was an increase in calls to helplines following media reporting of Robin Williams’ suicide. We aimed to determine whether this was the case in Australia.

Jane Pirkis, Dianne Currier, Lay San Too, Marc Bryant, Sara Bartlett, Mark Sinyor and Matthew J. Spittal

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2019

Information needs of people after a suicide attempt: A thematic analysis.

Patient Education and Counseling. January.

Katie McGill, Sue Hackney and Jaelea Skehan

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Do Australian media apply recommendations when covering a suicide prevention campaign?

Journal of Public Mental Health, VOL. 18 NO. 2 2019.

Renate Thienel, Marc Bryant, Gavin Hazel, Jaelea Skehan and Ross Tynan

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2018

Feasibility and acceptability of strategies to address mental health and mental ill-health in the Australian coal mining industry

International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 12. November 2018.

Feasibility and acceptability of strategies to address mental health and mental ill-health in the Australian coal mining industry.

Ross J Tynan, Carole James, Robyn Considine, Jaelea Skehan, Jorgen Gullestrup, Terry J Lewin, John Wiggers and Brian J Kelly

The #chatsafe project. Developing guidelines to help young people communicate safely about suicide on social media: A Delphi study

PLOS One. November 2018.

The #chatsafe project. Developing guidelines to help young people communicate safely about suicide on social media: A Delphi study.

Jo Robinson, Nicole T. M. Hill, Pinar Thorn, Rikki Battersby, Zoe Teh, Nicola J. Reavley, Jane Pirkis, Michelle Lamblin, Simon Rice and Jaelea Skehan

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Crafting safe and effective suicide prevention media messages: Outcomes from a workshop in Australia

International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 12: 23.

Crafting safe and effective suicide prevention media messages: outcomes from a workshop in Australia.

Maria Ftanou, Jaelea Skehan, Karolina Krysinska, Marc Bryant, Matthew J. Spittal and Jane Pirkis

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2017

The contribution of individual social and work characteristics to employee mental health in a coal mining industry population

PLoS ONE. January 2017.

The contribution of individual, social and work characteristics to employee mental health in a coal mining industry population.

Robyn Considine, Ross Tynan, Carole James, John Wiggers, Terry Lewin, Kerry Inder, David Perkins, Tonelle Handley and Brian Kelly

Developing Social Media-Based Suicide Prevention Messages in Partnership With Young People: Exploratory Study.

JMIR Mental Health. October.

Jo Robinson, Eleanor Bailey, Sarah Hetrick, Steve Paix, Matt O'Donnell, Georgina Cox, Maria Ftanou, Jaelea Skehan

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2016

Alcohol consumption in the Australian coal mining industry.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine. October 2016.

Ross J Tynan, Robyn Considine, John Wiggers, Terry J Lewin, Carole James, Kerry Inder, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Amanda L Baker, Jaelea Skehan, David Perkins and Brian J Kelly

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Help-seeking for mental health problems by employees in the Australian mining industry

BMC Health Services Research. September 2016.

Help-seeking for mental health problems by employees in the Australian mining industry.

Ross J Tynan, Robyn Considine, Jane L Rich, Jaelea Skehan, John Wiggers, Terry J Lewin, Carole James, Kerry Inder, Amanda L Baker, Frances Kay-Lambkin, David Perkins and Brian J Kelly

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The economic impact of psychological distress in the Australian coal mining industry

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. May 2016.

The economic impact of psychological distress in the Australian coal mining industry.

Rod Ling, Brian Kelly, Robyn Considine, Ross Tynan, Andrew Searles, and Christopher M. Doran

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Suicide and the media: The role of psychologists

InPsych. February 2016.

Suicide and the media: The role of psychologists.

Jane Pirkis, Jaelea Skehan

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2014

Caring for someone with depression: Attitudes and clinical practices of Australian mental health workers.

Australian Psychologist. 2014.

Caring for someone with depression: Attitudes and clinical practices of Australian mental health workers. Australian Psychologist.

Joanne Wirrell, Katie McGill, Peter J Kelly and Jenny Bowman

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2013

A review of factors associated with mental health in siblings of children with chronic illness.

Journal of Child Health Care. published online 21 November 2013.

Emily Incledon, Lauren Williams, Trevor Hazell, Todd R Heard, Alexandra Flowers and Harriet Hiscock

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Suicide bereavement and the media: A qualitative study

Advances in Mental Health. 11(3).

Suicide bereavement and the media: A qualitative study.

Jaelea Skehan, Myfanwy Maple, Jill Fisher and Genelle Sharrock

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2012

Empowering future practitioners: A curriculum approach to enhance 'response able' communication and mental health issues

Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal. 13(2).

Empowering future practitioners: A curriculum approach to enhance 'response able' communication and mental health issues.

Jaelea Skehan, Robina Xavier and Siobhain Lowthe

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Mental illness in the news and information media: A critical review


Mental illness in the news and information media: A critical review.

Jane Pirkis and Catherine Francis

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Communicating mental illness and suicide: Public relations students' perceptions of ethical practice

The International Journal of Communication Ethics. 9(1): 14-21. Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Communicating mental illness and suicide: Public relations students' perceptions of ethical practice.

Kate Fitch

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Reporting suicide: Interpreting media guidelines

Australian Journalism Review. 34(2): 45-56.

Reporting suicide: Interpreting media guidelines.

Anna Machlin, Jaelea Skehan, Melissa Sweet, Alexandra Wake, Justine Fletcher, Matthew Spittal and Jane Pirkis

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2010

Suicide and the news and information media: A critical review

Suicide and the news and information media: A critical review. February.

Jane Pirkis and Warwick Blood

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Suicide in the news: Informing strategies to improve the reporting of suicide

Health Communication. 25: 576-577.

Suicide in the news: Informing strategies to improve the reporting of suicide.

Jane Pirkis, Warwick Blood, Jaelea Skehan and Andrew Dare

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2009

The Response Ability Project: Integrating the reporting of suicide and mental illness into journalism curricula

Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. 2009.

The Response Ability Project: Integrating the reporting of suicide and mental illness into journalism curricula.

Jaelea Skehan, Lynette Sheridan Burns and Trevor Hazell

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2008

Researching and reporting on suicide or mental illness: A student perspective

Australian Journalism Review. 30(1): 123-130.

Researching and reporting on suicide or mental illness: A student perspective.

Michael Romeo, Kerry Green, Jaelea Skehan, Amy Visser, Lyndall Coan and Trevor Hazell

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2007

Mental health promotion and early intervention in early childhood and primary school settings: A review

Journal of Student Wellbeing. 1: 31-56.

Mental health promotion and early intervention in early childhood and primary school settings: A review.

Frances Kay-Lambkin, Elizabeth Kemp, Karen Stafford and Trevor Hazell

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Keeping pace with current issues in reporting suicide and mental illness

Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice. 4(2): 107-118.

Keeping pace with current issues in reporting suicide and mental illness.

Jaelea Skehan, Lynette Sheridan Burns and Trevor Hazell

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2006

Media Guidelines on the Reporting of Suicide.

Crisis. 27(2): 82-87.

Jane Pirkis, R. Warwick Blood, Annette Beautrais, Philip Burgess and Jaelea Skehan

Effectiveness of face-to-face briefings to promote uptake of resources and understanding of issues around reporting suicide and mental illness

Australian Journalism Review. 28(2): 113-126.

Effectiveness of face-to-face briefings to promote uptake of resources and understanding of issues around reporting suicide and mental illness.

Jaelea Skehan, Sonia Greenhalgh and Trevor Hazell

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Reach, awareness and uptake of media guidelines for reporting suicide and mental illness: An Australian perspective

International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 8(4): 28-34.

Reach, awareness and uptake of media guidelines for reporting suicide and mental illness: An Australian perspective.

Jaelea Skehan, Sonia Greenhalgh, Trevor Hazell and Jane Pirkis

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2005

Reporting suicide and mental illness for Indigenous Australians

Australian Journalism Review. 27(2): 25-42.

Reporting suicide and mental illness for Indigenous Australians.

Jaelea Skehan, Gail Garvey and Paul Scott

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2001

Are journalism educators ‘Response Able’?

Australian Journalism Review. 23(2): 105-117.

Lynette Sheridan Burns, Lisa Reardon, Karen Vincent and Trevor Hazell

1999

A survey of suicide prevention curricula taught in Australian universities.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 33(2).

Lynette Sheridan-Burns and Trevor Hazell

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