Attached are the draft guidelines from the Ministerial Committee on Suicide and our submission on them.
Many of those working in the suicide prevention field claim their policies and practices are evidence based. Examination of the research they use, however, shows the studies on which they rely are up to 30 years old. Many have serious methodological issues. Many have been superceded by more recent studies.
This page provides links to current, relevant research. CASPER gives most weight to independent research which is not funded by pharmaceutical companies. If you have research you think we should include on this page, please contact us.
Guidelines on Media Reporting of Suicide
Preventing PTSD Are Drugs the Answer?
Literature Review from Melbourne University's Department of Psychiatry the use of drugs to prevent the onset of post traumatic stress in at risk populations.
Casper Presentaton Slides
Maori Approach to Suicide Prevention
"Unless Maori are able to exercise control over the design of interventions for suicide prevention, the solution will continue to be improperly framed in Western psychological traditions as an individualized, deficit-focused problem inside the individual." Keri Lawson Te-Aho 2010
The association between a journal’s source of revenue and the drug recommendations made in the articles it publishes
Recent research showing medical journals which rely on pharmaceutical company funding are likely to recommend drugs that independent journals warn against.