The Suicide and Mental Health Research Group is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and clinicians. It contributes to knowledge, policy, and services by conducting high quality research in suicide prevention, mental health and illness.
New work beginning in 2017 involves research into the architectural design, therapeutic philosophy and social regime of the modern acute mental health ward in New Zealand. Our most recently completed projects include the Suicide Mortality Review Feasibility Study (funded by the Health Quality and Safety Commission on behalf of the Ministry of Health), and research into suicide investigations by New Zealand Coroners. Prior to this the research group completed a 25 month Multi-Level Intervention for Suicide Prevention in New Zealand (MISP-NZ) funded by the Ministry of Health.
Research students are important contributors to the research group. The research group currently supports a number of PhD students. In the last five years publications from the group have focused on suicide and self-harm, and management of mental health care in primary care.
Professor Sunny Collings, Director of the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group, is a practising Consultant Psychiatrist and among New Zealand’s most eminent suicide researchers. Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, a social scientist, is the Deputy Director of the research group.