School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Medical and Health Sciences| Studies in Human Society| Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Associate Professor Anthony Welch, Dr Shane Hopkinson
Doctor of Philosophy

Research Details

Thesis Name

Peer support in clinical and non-clinical suicide prevention services.

Thesis Abstract

The identified gap in our knowledge is people's lived experience of providing peer support work to others in the midst of a suicidal crisis; and people's experience of receiving that support. This study will consider the role and efficacy of peer support work in suicide prevention services; describe its impact, and increase our understanding of strategies to reduce suicide.

Why my research is important/Impacts

In Australia, the number of deaths by suicide has been rising steadily for the past decade. This research can document, describe and evaluate the ways in which peer support works in practice to prevent suicide; articulating the unique ways in which peer workers can understand and support others in crisis, and as such will contribute much-needed new perspectives, information and ideas to the field.


PhD Scholarship from The National Suicide Prevention Research Fund


Suicide Prevention Australia