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Design for safety as an approach to suicide prevention

  • 2022-09-07
  • 12:30 - 13:30
  • Online via Zoom

Join the New Zealand Society for Safety Engineering and Sarah Fortune for an open discussion on 'design for safety as an approach to suicide prevention in Aotearoa New Zealand'. Suicide is a complex phenomenon which occurs due to the convergence of psychological, social and cultural risk factors combined with experiences of trauma and loss.


There have been some encouraging signs of a reduction in lives lost to suicide in the past two years, after a decade of relatively static rates.  However, evidence-based interventions are required to build on this momentum and there are a range of design and engineering interventions which are likely to save lives. This presentation will present the most recent evidence on these approaches to suicide prevention and get participants thinking about how this knowledge can be used in their current and future projects.  

About the speaker:
Dr Sarah Fortune is a clinical psychologist and academic, with a long-term interest in innovative approaches to suicide prevention.  Sarah has research interests in multi-level approaches to suicide prevention ranging from reducing access to certain methods of suicide through to developing and testing psychological interventions to support those struggling with suicidal distress.  Sarah is chairperson of the Suicide Mortality Review Committee and has published widely.  Sarah has worked clinically in a range of settings including outpatient and inpatient mental health services, general medical hospitals and in private practice.  Sarah the is Director of Population Mental Health at the University of Auckland.  

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