2015 Best Research Paper Awards announced

14 Jan 2016
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CRESP is pleased to announce the winners of the CRESP Best Research Paper Awards 2015!


The awards were established as part of CRESP on World Suicide Prevention Day in September 2013 to support outstanding research with potential to contribute to improving suicide prevention and to encourage new and established researchers in suicide prevention.  CRESP offers one award in each category (Early Career Researcher and Senior Researcher), worth $2,500 each.


In 2015 we received the biggest number of applicants yet, with nine contenders for the Early Career Researcher category and six for the Senior Researcher Category.


All award submissions were judged across the following factors; outstanding original research with potential to contribute to improving suicide prevention, and either scientific excellence and/or potential for public impact.


This year, publications examining the effectiveness of psychosocial suicide prevention interventions for young people and a qualitative analysis of the positive strategies used by men to prevent and manage depression have taken out the honours in the 2015 CRESP Best Research Paper Awards.


The Senior Researcher CRESP Best Research Paper Award was awarded to Dr Alison Calear (CRESP, ANU).  Her paper, ‘A systematic review of psychosocial suicide prevention interventions for youth’ was published in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.  The paper was the first systematic review of all psychosocial interventions for youth suicide delivered in school, community and healthcare settings and provides an important overview of the types of interventions that have been evaluated with young people and their effectiveness in reducing or preventing suicidal ideation, suicide attempts or deliberate self-harm.  A range of considerations that can inform the development and evaluation of future interventions emerged from the review, including; the safety of psychosocial interventions for youth suicide, the effectiveness of several therapeutic approaches across a range of settings, and the need for more research focusing on the evaluation of these interventions with males, the inclusion of short and long-term follow-ups and the need for ‘real world’ evaluations and cost effective analyses.


The Early Career Researcher CRESP Best Research Paper Award was awarded toDr Andrea Fogarty (BDI).  Dr Fogarty’s paper ‘Men's use of positive strategies for preventing and managing depression: A qualitative investigation’ was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.  It is one of the first papers to examine closely the positive strategies men use to prevent and manage mental health problems, and findings from the thematic analysis contrasted with previous work, highlighting that men do actively monitor their mental health, use a variety of positive strategies to prevent and/or manage their mental health, depending on severity of their problems. The paper highlighted that many men still struggle with ‘not knowing what to do or say about suicide’ in regards to personal experiences or people they knew, with findings presenting significant opportunities for future suicide prevention activities, particularly at the community level in terms of public health messaging. For example, a range of practical, emotional and social strategies were identified that are effective and perhaps more importantly, acceptable to men, and hearing that other men use many different strategies to effectively prevent and manage depression is a powerful message, with the capacity to normalise self-care behaviours which ultimately affect suicide risk.


Congratulations to Dr Alison Calear and Dr Andrea Fogarty!


Calear, A. L., Christensen, H., Freeman, A., Fenton, K., Grant, J. B., Van Spijker, B., & Donker, T. (2015). A systematic review of psychosocial suicide prevention interventions for youth. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 1-16.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26472117


Fogarty, A. S., Proudfoot, J., Whittle, E. L., Player, M. J., Christensen, H., Hadzi-Pavlovic, D., & Wilhelm, K. (2015). Men's use of positive strategies for preventing and managing depression: A qualitative investigation. Journal of affective disorders, 188, 179-187. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032715304419


We’d also like to take the time to thank our four judges, Professor Andrew Mackinnon, Professor Kay Wilhelm, Dr Alison Calear and Dr Bregje van Spijker who kindly volunteered their time.  Each category was judged by two judges, one senior and one less senior researcher (ECR - Wilhelm and Calear; Senior - Mackinnon and van Spijker). Judges were selected following their response to an invitation to judge prior to the launch of the Awards, and were ineligible to judge any category in which they made an application.