Suicide Prevention peer-reviewed papers

Below you will find a selection of peer-reviewed papers authored by staff at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health related to our work in mental health.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the papers below, please contact our office.

Professor Jane Pirkis, Jaelea Skehan (2016) Suicide and the media: The role of psychologists. InPsych. February 2016.

Jaelea Skehan, Myfanwy Maple, Jill Fisher and Genelle Sharrock (2013). Suicide bereavement and the media: A qualitative study. Advances in Mental Health. Vol 11 (3), 2013.

Pirkis, Jane and Francis, Catherine (2012). Mental illness in the news and information media: A critical review, April 2012.

Kate Fitch, Murdoch University, Western Australia (2012). Communicating mental illness and suicide: public relations students' perceptions of ethical practice, The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 9(1), 14-21, 2012.

Skehan, J., Xavier, R., Lowthe, S. (2012). Empowering Future Practitioners: A Curriculum Approach to Enhance 'Response Able' Communication and Mental Health Issues. Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, Vol 13 (2), 2012.

Machlin, A., Skehan, J., Sweet, M., Wake, A., Fletcher, J., Spittal, M., Pirkis, J. (2012). Reporting suicide: interpreting media guidelines. Australian Journalism Review, 34(2): 45-56.

Pirkis, Jane and Blood, Warwick (2010). Suicide and the news and information media: A critical review, February 2010.

Pirkis, J., Blood, W.R., Skehan, J., Dare, A.  (2010).  Suicide in the News: Informing Strategies to Improve the Reporting of Suicide. Health Communication, 25:576-577.

Skehan, J., Sheridan Burns, L. & Hazell, T. (2009). The Response Ability Project: Integrating the reporting of suicide and mental illness into journalism curricula. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.

Romeo, M., Green, K., Skehan, J., Visser, A., Coan, L., Hazell, T.  (2008).  Researching and reporting on suicide or mental illness: a student perspective. Australian Journalism Review, 30(1), 123-130.

Skehan, J., Sheridan, L. & Hazell, T. (2007). Keeping Pace with Current Issues in Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 4(2), 107-118.

Pirkis, J., Blood, R.W., Beautrais, A., Burgess, P., Skehan, J. (2006). Media Guidelines on the Reporting of Suicide. Crisis, 27(2): 82-87. 

Skehan, J., Greenhalgh, S. & Hazell, T. (2006). 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.

Skehan, J., Greenhalgh, S., Hazell, T., & Pirkis, J. (2006).  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.

Skehan, J., Garvey, G. & Scott, P. (2005).  Reporting suicide and mental illness for Indigenous Australians.  Australian Journalism Review, 27(2):25-42.

Sheridan Burns, L., Reardon, L., Vincent, K., Hazell, T. (2001).  Are journalism educators ‘Response Able’?  Australian Journalism Review. 23(2), 105-117.

Hazell, P., Hazell, T., Waring, T., and Sly, K. (1999).  A Survey of Suicide Prevention Curricula Taught in Australian Universities.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.  33(2). 

Sheridan-Burns, L. and Hazell, T. (1999).  Problem based learning, youth suicide and the media’s response ability.  Asia Pacific Monitor, 6, 56-71. 

Sheridan-Burns, L. and Hazell, T. (1999).  Problem based learning, youth suicide and the media’s response ability.  Asia Pacific Monitor, 6, 56-71. 

Sheridan-Burns, L. and Hazell, T. (1998).  Response…Ability: Youth Suicide and the National University Curriculum Project.  Australian Journalism Review 20 (2), 111-128.

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