Ethical design in suicide prevention Past Event

Presented by Orygen, RMIT University and Portable
Image courtesy of RMIT University
Image courtesy of RMIT University
Image courtesy of RMIT University

This conversation will show how young people, researchers, and industry can work collectively to navigate sensitive and often taboo topics, while exploring how engaging and trusting young designers in co-design practices can lead to campaigns that are inclusive, relatable, and meaningful.

Our panelists bring together the voices of leading researchers in youth suicide prevention, communication design students, design lecturers and industry professionals to share their perspectives about our collaborative experiences co-designing safe online spaces and developing design processes of care around representing mental health and suicide.

Discussing themes of designing for self-care and suicide prevention – doing care-full design calls for new ways of thinking of the role of the design, new ways of designing and, and new inclusive co-design processes.

You will hear from young people including RMIT students who will present their work and discuss their experiences designing a campaign around youth suicide prevention – presenting a careful and ethical approach to design education and contemporary design practice.

This conversation will also feature a digital exhibition of work developed by students from RMIT, and other young people involved in the #chatsafe project.

The #chatsafe guidelines are the world’s first tools and tips designed to help young people communicate safely online about suicide. In 2019, #chatsafe launched a nation-wide social media campaign that was entirely co-designed by young people. You can find out more information about #chatsafe here.

Please note: The panel discussion will be discussing sensitive topics relating to mental health, suicide, self-harm and youth suicide prevention.


5.00 pm: On-site registrations open

5.45 pm: Live stream begins / Opening address by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care

6.00 pm: Panel discussion begins

6.45 pm: Guests invited to view the #chatsafe showcase whilst drinks and finger food will be served.

7.30 pm: Event concludes

Please note that the panel discussion is also being live streamed. Guests who are unable to attend in person are invited to register for the ‘Online Only’ event.

Associate Professor Jo Robinson

Associate Professor Jo Robinson leads the suicide prevention research unit at Orygen. Her work focuses on the development, and rigorous testing, of novel interventions that specifically target at risk youth across settings, on evidence synthesis, and on the translation of research evidence into practice and policy. Her work also has a strong focus on the potential of social media platforms in suicide prevention. This includes the development of the #chatsafe guidelines, the first evidence-based guidelines for safe peer-peer communication about suicide online, which were recently brought to life via a national social media campaign and adapted for ten additional regions.

Dr Nicola St John

Dr Nicola St John is an award-winning researcher and design lecturer. Her teaching practice encourages the incorporation of careful, ethical and respectful processes, cultural awareness, and co-design methodologies within design education. She believes socially-engaged design students are able to improve their ability to influence attitudes, represent diverse voices, change behaviours, inspire debates, and challenge understandings. Her research is concerned with increasing diverse access and pathways to communication design education and participation within design and creative industries.

Ms Celia Delaney

Ms Celia Delaney Celia is an experienced Design Strategist at Portable, a research, design and technology studio based in Collingwood, Melbourne. Originally from London, she has a passion for Human Centred Design and its ability to connect with and empower audiences. Her experience lies in participatory research, working with a diverse range of communities to create positive change in a number of areas including mental health, death and ageing, accessible nightlife, and the cultural sector.

RMIT Communication Design Students

The panel will also include two RMIT students who have recently taken part in a #chatsafe project as part of their Bachelor of Communication Design.

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Tue 30 Mar 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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35 Poplar Rd, 35 Poplar Rd, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia


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