Contributing to Australia's Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research

ConNetica as a small social enterprise repeatedly “punches above our weight” when it comes to our contribution to research into mental health and suicide prevention. 

Four of Adjunct Professor John Mendoza’s suicide prevention research publications were identified by KPMG as being amongst the 6 most informative papers in Australia . Much of our research is completed pro bono.

Our partnerships with Australian National University – Centre for Mental Health Research, Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Research Centre and University of the Sunshine Coast – Engage Lab enables us to bring to clients and communities the benefits of contemporary best practice and or opportunities to participate in research. 

Evidence always informs ConNetica’s practice.

ConNetica's Leading and Informative Research

ConNetica’s initiated research includes:

  • Obsessive Hope Disorder – Reflections of 30 Years of Mental Health Reform in Australia and Visions for the Future
  • Breaking the Silence – Suicide Prevention
  • Federal Electorate Suicide Prevention Campaign.

Obsessive Hope Disorder

This publication involved 3 discrete bodies of work that can be purchased:

  • Summary Report – key findings, summarised lived experience themes and a Better Way – actions to improve mental health service provision
  • Perspectives Report – diverse personal insights into lived experiences of mental illness, suicide and access to services 
  • Technical Report – current status of mental health service provision, understanding past history and designing integrated solutions now and for the future

Comprehensive reports of this nature are unique in  Australia and the findings continue to be used to guide Australia’s work in mental health and suicide prevention.


Federal Election Suicide Prevention Campaign

In 2016 ConNetica upon our own volition to reduce suicide, gathered and analysed ABS demographic data on issues such as psychological distress, income, education attainment, death by suicide, employment and death by traffic accident in 26 Federal electorates.

This information provided a snap shot of the social and mental health experiences and needs of different electorates and where suicide prevention services and funding were most needed.

The comprehensive data was presented to politicians and media at Commonwealth Parliament, along with family members’ first hand stories of losing loved ones to suicide and or receiving poor sucide related services in hospitals and a detailed plan for reducing suicide in Australia. 

This presentation and body of work resulted in significant increased funding for suicide prevention services in Australia.

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