The role of housing insecurity and homelessness in suicidal behaviour: a review of the evidence
Client: National Suicide Prevention Taskforce
This focused research project was delivered by AHURI to for the National Suicide Prevention Taskforce, through the Suicide Prevention Research Fund managed by Suicide Prevention Australia to inform the work of the National Suicide Prevention Adviser.
The aim was to ascertain the current state of evidence concerning the role of housing insecurity and homelessness as risk factors for suicidal behaviour, and interventions focussed on housing and homelessness for their effectiveness in reducing suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and suicide deaths.
What we delivered
Our research approach included:
- A high-level review of key data and evidence.
- Assessment of the strength and quality of studies reviewed.
- Identification of key interventions.
- Developed recommendations for interventions that may be most appropriate and feasible in the Australian context.
Outcomes for the client
- Data and evidence - The final report provided the client with evidence to inform policy
- The webinar presented key findings in an accessible format.
Impact of the work
The review was used to inform the work of the National Suicide Prevention Adviser.
Suicide Prevention Australia Website: https://www.suicidepreventionaust.org/research-grants/research-outcomes/#1605051491209-69460685-edef
This important piece of work fills a major gap in the Australian evidence-base and has been significant in informing the work of the National Suicide Prevention Adviser.
We are proud to have facilitated AHURI’s innovative research which was commissioned through the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund. The more we can understand about the social determinants of suicide, like housing insecurity and homelessness, the better equipped we are to save lives.’
Nieves MurrayCEO, Suicide Prevention Australia