Suicide is a critical public health problem worldwide. In Australia, five men and two women suicide every day. It is considered the leading cause of social burden in Australia.

Suicide is one of the most preventable forms of death. However, prevention is complex. Research shows that a successful prevention strategy needs to address this complexity through context specific multi-level interventions.

The Thompson Institute has developed a three-point strategy to address the problem of suicide across the Sunshine Coast. This strategy involves:

  1. Conducting innovative research and clinical trials investigating the most promising pharmacological interventions for treating chronic suicidal ideation.
  2. Developing novel digital simulation software tool to improve community awareness and understanding of risk factors associated with suicide.
  3. Rolling out an evidence‐based, suicide-prevention program with community partners.

The Thompson Institute is forming a coast-wide Alliance to promote this framework and provide expert advice and knowledge around suicide prevention, treatment of depression and the continued support of the the Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Sunshine Coast. If you would like to become involved, please contact