Celebrity suicide: Did the death of Kurt Cobain influence young suicides in Australia?

This national correlational research considered suicide in young people for the five years prior to Kurt Cobain’s death comparing to the few weeks after his suicide. There appeared to be a reduction in suicides, and we had the temerity to suggest “Courtney Love’s comments may not have contributed to responsible media portrayal, but the question has to be raised whether Nirvana fans may have been deterred from suicide by her denigration of Cobain’s act.”

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Martin, G. & Koo, L., 1997. Celebrity Suicide: Did the death of Kurt Cobain influence young suicide in Australia? Archives of Suicide Research, 3:3, 187-198.

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Adolescent Depressive Symptomatology: Improve Schools or Help Students?

There were statistically significant school effects on students’ depressive symptomatology; however, these were much smaller than expected. Nearly all of the variation in CESD depression scores was found to be at the student level, indicating that the potential mental health gains from reducing risk factors in school social environments may be extremely limited and have little effect on student depressive symptomatology.

Download here: *Adolescent depressive symptomatology Improve schools or help students 2001

Roeger, L., Allison, S., Martin, G., Dadds, V., & Keeves, J., 2001. Adolescent Depressive Symptomatology: Improve Schools or Help Students? Australian Journal of Psychology, 53: 134-139.

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Gender differences in the relationship between depression and suicidal ideation in young adolescents

This paper is based on over 2400 adolescents aged 13 from 27 schools. It demonstrates differences between young men and young women in levels of depression, responses to it, and suicidality

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Allison, S., Roeger, L., Martin, G., & Keeves, J., 2001. Gender Differences in the relationship between depression and suicidal ideation in young adolescents. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35, 498-503

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Suicide Prevention Training: A Workshop Format

This workshop was originally designed as part of an Australian Government funded project ‘Out of the Blues’, devised to provide better access to young people with depressive symptoms. The format of the workshop is straight forward, drawing on evidence from available research, using a video developed for another Australian Government funded project ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ which trained over 5000 community workers and 3500 family doctors across Australia.

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Wright, S. and Martin, G., 2000. Suicide Prevention Training: A Workshop. Youth Studies Australia. 19:2, 39-42.
Reprinted as: Wright, S. & Martin G., 2010. Suicide prevention training: A workshop, Ch 15. In Doing youth work in Australia (Editor Professor Rob White) , Volume 2: Youth work and youth issues. Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies. University of Tasmania, Australia.
The workshop uses material from Pearce, C. & Martin, G., 1994. Predicting suicide attempts among adolescents. Acta Psychiatrica Scand., 90: 324-328. (which can be downloaded from Family Concern Publishing (this site: see Resources)).

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Keep Yourself Alive: Program Evaluation (General Practitioners)

Last week I posted the Keep Yourself Evaluation Training Manual (from the KYA Multimedia Kit). This KYA report is the program evaluation for the multimedia community family doctor suicide prevention training program. So few evaluations are completed regarding government suicide prevention programs; this is one exception.

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Beckinsale, P., Martin, G. & Clark, S., 1999. Keep Yourself Alive: Evaluation Report: General Practitioners. KYA, Quality Assurance and Continuing Education Unit, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Adelaide.

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Keep Yourself Alive: Suicide Prevention Manual

This manual was part of a national training program to raise awareness and skills for suicide prevention among GPs. The full ‘kit’ contained videos, audios, and diskettes, and was disseminated to 3500+ Family Doctors across Australia in 150+ seminars from 1997.

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Martin, G., Clark, S., Beckinsale, P., Skene, C. & Stacey, K., 1997. Keep Yourself Alive: prevention of suicide in young people. A Manual for Health Professionals. Adelaide, Foundation Studios. ISBN 0 646 32424 1. Funded under the National Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.

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Adolescent Suicide: Postvention in a school.

This paper examines the effect of completed suicide by a student on other high school students. The case history of a 16-year-old female student who jumped from an eight-storey car park roof is discussed. The death was followed by an increase in suicide attempts. The postvention strategy in the school is discussed and offered as an example of what may need to be done in the aftermath of the suicide of an adolescent.
Download here: *Adolescent suicide 2 Postvention in a school
Martin, G., 1992. Adolescent Suicide 2: Postvention in a school. Youth Studies Australia, 11, 1:24-27.
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Locus of control as an indicator of risk for suicidal behaviour among adolescents

Locus of Control is a measure of whether a young person feels in charge of their life (internal LOC), or whether they are a straw in the wind, controlled by others, school and the world (external LOC). The key finding for this paper was that suicidal behaviour in young people was more likely in young people with an external LOC

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Pearce, C. & Martin, G., 1993.  Locus of Control as an Indicator of Risk for Suicidal Behaviour among Adolescents, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 88:409-414.
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This report examines international Suicide Prevention Strategies that had been in place for 10 years or more, concluding that such strategies work, and exploring why they work.


Martin, G. & Page, A., 2009. National Suicide Prevention Strategies: a Comparison. The University of Queensland. ISBN 978-0-9808207-9-9.
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Identity, Voice, Place: Suicide Prevention for Indigenous Australians – a Social and Emotional Wellbeing Approach

This book is based on studies of social and emotional wellbeing in Indigenous communities, as an approach toward suicide prevention 

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Krysinska, K., Martin, G. & Sheehan, N., 2009. Identity, Voice, Place: Suicide Prevention for Indigenous Australians ‐ A Social and Emotional Wellbeing Approach. The University of Queensland. ISBN 978-0-9808207-1-3

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