Australian Institute For Suicide Research and Prevention Meeting

Professor De Leo
Recently it was an absolute honour and a privilege for both myself and Clarence Tan, to sit down with a global expert in suicide research, Professor Diego De Leo; the Director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, as well as The Life Promotion Clinic.

We both learnt so much about the global perspectives on the studies behind why people choose to end their lives, for e.g., did you know that in many indigenous cultures, including ours, they didn’t have a concept of suicide until alcohol was introduced?!

Worldwide, the suicide rate has declined by around 9% over the past ten years but in the USA the rate has increased by about 30% in the past 20 years! Do we really want to follow in their footsteps?

Future meetings will be going ahead in the New Year to discuss how we can better understand, and tackle this issue once and for all.

Mark McConville


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