Associate Professor Jo RobinsonHead, Suicide Prevention Research, Orygen
Associate Professor Jo Robinson leads Orygen’s suite of research programs around suicide prevention. She currently coordinates several research projects in collaboration with Australian and overseas universities.
Some of the projects underway include a randomised controlled trial of an internet-based program for at-risk secondary school students, a study examining the role of social media in suicide prevention, and the evaluation of a gatekeeper-training program designed to assist school staff to identify and support students at risk. Jo’s work focuses on improving our knowledge about the best approaches to reduce suicide risk among young people. This includes developing programs, testing novel approaches that specifically target at-risk youth, and translating the research evidence into practice and policy.
Jo has also been involved in the development of several government-commissioned community resources and has contributed to numerous advisory panels and expert committees. She has been a member of advisory committees on suicide prevention for both the state and federal government.
Panel: Current and Best Practice in Suicide Prevention
2020 SCAP Presentation: The #chatsafe project: young people, social media, and suicide prevention
Young people actively use social media to talk about suicide and suicide-related behaviour, which presents both risks and benefits. In response, we developed a comprehensive set of evidence-informed guidelines to foster safe communication about suicide on social media. We employed the Delphi expert consensus method to develop the guidelines. This involved a systematic literature search to identify key ‘action items’ which were then rated for inclusion in the guidelines by panels of young people and professionals. Two questionnaire rounds were conducted and items that achieved consensus by both panels were included in the guidelines. The #chatsafe guidelines are freely available online: https://www.orygen.org.au/chatsafe We then conducted a series of co-design workshops, with around 300 young people from across Australia to co-design a national social media campaign to help bring the guidelines to life. The campaign reached around 3 million young Australians and its impact is currently being evaluated. Since then we have also adapted the guidelines for 11 additional regions around the world, and have developed a suite of additional resources for communities and educators, to help them support young people to talk safely about suicide online. In this presentation I will provide an overview of the #chatsafe project and showcase some of the campaign materials and resources, in particular those for educators.