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Social Psychiatry & Population Mental Health Research Unit (SoPop)

The Social Psychiatry & Population Mental Health Research Unit (SoPop) is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and clinicians. SoPop contributes to knowledge, policy, and services by conducting high quality research in suicide prevention, mental health and illness.

New work beginning in 2016 involves research into suicide investigations by New Zealand coroners.  Our most recently completed project was the Suicide Mortality Review Feasibility Study (funded by the Health Quality and Safety Commission on behalf of the Ministry of Health).  Prior to this the Research Unit 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 Unit. The Research Unit currently supports nine 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 SoPop, is a practising Consultant Psychiatrist and among New Zealand’s most eminent suicide researchers.