Suicide Prevention for Boys and Men

Co-Chairs

Kylie King
Zac Seidler


Rationale

Men account for three-quarters of deaths by suicide in many countries. A gendered approach to suicide prevention is needed that considers the sociocultural context of suicide by men and boys. However, few suicide prevention interventions do so, and this work is hampered by a lack of knowledge regarding the key ingredients needed for successful suicide prevention for boys and men. This SIG will bring together researchers, practitioners and people with lived experience who have a common interest and expertise in suicide prevention for boys and men with the goal of expanding the evidence base and informing future suicide prevention efforts.

Objectives

  1. To expand scholarship related to suicide prevention for boys and men.
  2. To develop a community of researchers, practitioners, and people with lived experience who have a common interest and expertise in suicide prevention for boys and men.
  3. To support students and early career researchers who are working in suicide prevention for boys and men.
  4. To disseminate knowledge regarding suicide prevention for boys and men to IASP members and the broader community.


Planned On-going Activities

Planned activities for 2020/21

 



Dr Kylie King

Dr Kylie King is a Senior Research Fellow at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University. Kylie worked as a psychologist before moving into a research role over ten years ago. She has since developed expertise in male suicide prevention research and program evaluation. Together, this research experience has led to a particular interest in the development and evaluation of public health interventions to bring about positive impacts on boys and men’s mental health and suicidality across the lifespan. Kylie was involved in the evaluation of Man Up - a media-based suicide prevention intervention aimed at men. She is leading an evaluation of a school-based suicide prevention intervention aimed at teenage boys, and is also conducting research into the suicidality of men aged over 80, and workplace suicide prevention interventions for male-dominated industries. As a co-founder of the IASP SIG for Suicide Prevention for Boys and Men, Kylie is passionate about creating a global network to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing to bring about positive impacts for boys and men.



Zac Seidler

Zac Seidler is a Clinical Psychologist, the Director of Mental Health Training at Movember and a Research Fellow with Orygen at The University of Melbourne. Zac has devoted the past 5 years to the goal of reducing the staggering male suicide rate, treating and researching men’s mental health with over 30 peer-reviewed articles published. Zac has worked clinically with men of different ages and presentations from adolescents in Darwin with early psychosis to older HIV+ men struggling with adjustment. Zac has appeared on the ABC and in The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Vice for his work.