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Suicide Prevention through Mental Health Promotion 12th European Symposium on Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour Thistle Hotel Glasgow, Scotland 27th – 30th August 2008 . Prof Graham Martin OAM FRANZCP, DPM Professor & Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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Suicide Prevention through Mental Health Promotion12th European Symposium on Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour Thistle Hotel Glasgow, Scotland 27th – 30th August 2008

Prof Graham Martin OAM FRANZCP, DPM

Professor & Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Sarah Swannell Bpsych(Hons) GradCertSci(Stats)

Senior Research Technician

outline
Outline

Introduce ADFC

Youth suicide in Australia

CADETLiFe theory

Describe program

Discuss challenges

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australian defence force cadets www cadetnet gov au
Australian Defence Force Cadetswww.cadetnet.gov.au
  • 24,450 Cadets aged 12-20 in 461 units
  • Volunteer and community based
  • Defence customs, traditions and values
    • Leadership, communication, team building, confidence, pride, self-discipline
  • Technical skills
  • Regular once a week parades plus bivouacs, camps, promotion weekends
  • Get a taste of Defence Force
australian suicide rates per 100 000 per year 15 19 years 1995 2005
Australian Suicide Rates per 100,000 per year, 15-19 years, 1995-2005

Source: ABS (2007). Suicides 2005 (cat. no. 3309.0). http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/952361A2A29BDBB4CA25729D001C09CF/$File/33090_2005.pdf

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Borowsky IW, Ireland M, Resnick MD. 2001. Adolescent suicide attempts: risks and protectors. Pediatrics 107(3): 485−93.

Blum RW, Halcon L, Beuhring T, et al. 2003. Adolescent health in the Caribbean: risk and protective factors. American Journal of Public Health 93(3): 456−60.

Resnick MD, Bearman PS, Blum WR, et al. 1997. Protecting adolescents from harm: findings from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health. Journal of the American Medical Association 278(10): 823−32.

Gutierrez, P. M., Osman, A., Kopper, B. A., & Barrios, F. X. (2000). Why young people do not kill themselves: The Reasons for Living Inventory for Adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 29, 177–187.

Fergusson DM, Beautrais AL, Horwood LJ. 2003. Vulnerability and resiliency to suicidal behaviours in young people. Psychological Medicine 33: 61−73.

resilience
Resilience

Benard, B. (2004). Resiliency: What we have learned. San Francisco: WestEd.

Benard, B. (1991). Fostering Resiliency in Kids: Protective Factors in the Family, School, and Community. Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development.

cadetlife goals
CADETLiFe Goals

Universal Mental Health Promotion

cadetlife workshops
CADETLiFe Workshops
  • 13 ‘scenarios’ raise issues pertaining to resilience, connectedness and pathways to care
  • In groups of 8-12, facilitated by 2 senior cadets/staff members, cadets watch a scenario, discuss the issues, and complete an activity
  • Ideal dosage: 13 scenarios in 12 months
    • one per month, 2 every second month, several on a camp etc
challenges
Challenges
  • Diversity and rivalry across services
  • Diversity across units, states/territories
  • Hierarchical military system
  • Volunteer organisation
  • Central administration problems
  • Evaluation
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