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Improving lives and supporting recovery at the most critical moments.

Established in partnership with government and non-government sectors, the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group at the University of South Australia is leading numerous initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people in mental distress and at risk of suicide. The strategic purpose of the group is to demonstrate through research and practical examples how much people with lived experience, clinicians, policy makers and academic faculty can achieve working together in partnership.

The group’s work is inspired by the real world problems of people living with mental distress, the needs of their carers, and the next generation of health professionals willing and able to support recovery with dignity. The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group has a national and international reputation for undertaking deep scholarship in mental health and suicide prevention, leading to deep connectivity and diffusion of the insights through publication, public policy and clinical practice as key outcomes.

Staff from the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group contribute directly to the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, equipping students and health professionals with the skills and knowledge required to effectively help people experiencing mental illness and at risk of suicide. 

Initiatives & resources


We are governed by a committment to deliver applied research outcomes based on lived experience. Resources are curated for educational purposes, to connect stakeholders from the mental health care space, and to further critical research and conversation.

Support our research


The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group is leading work in trauma informed mental health and suicide prevention research across a range of practice settings. Please consider donating now to support our research.

UniSA Video

Zero Suicide Healthcare: Engaging with people at risk of suicide | January 2020

Created by the Zero Suicide Institute of Australasia as part of a suite of resources, this informational video features research group director Professor Nicholas Procter explaining the concept of safety planning in suicide prevention, and how health services can work to understand a person, their lived experience, and how they use safety planning to stay safe.

Watch on YouTube

Contact information

Professor Nicholas Proctor: Group director
e: nicholas.procter@unisa.edu.au
t: +61 8 8302 2148

Melissa Gibson: Personal assistant
e: melissa.gibson@unisa.edu.au
t: +61 8 8302 2148

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