Suicide, and suicide-related behaviours are a significant public health problem both in Australia and internationally. The World Health Organization estimates that suicide is the 13th leading cause of death world- wide, and is the leading cause of death among those aged between 15 and 39. Globally, it is estimated to account for approximately 1 million deaths per year.  Technology in the form of social media platforms are commonly used for the expression of suicidal thoughts and feelings, particularly by young people. Despite this, little is known about the ways in which technology can be used for suicide prevention. The aim of this presentation is to identify how technology in the form of smartphone apps, social media and web-based programs are being used as a tool for suicide prevention.

About Michael


Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s most prominent child and adolescent psychologists. He has published nine books, including bestseller ‘Princess Bitchface Syndrome’ and number of column publications including New Idea, Girlfriend Magazine and the Australian Boarding Schools Association publication, LightsOut. He is also the resident parenting expert on Channel 7′s Sunrise as well as psychologist for the Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW.


Michael has worked as an academic, researcher and political lobbyist. He is a Community Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Playgroup Victoria, and on the Board of Smiling Mind. His interests in technology and mental health is reflected in his membership with the ePsychology special interest group for the Australian Psychological Society.


Michael has been the Positive Schools ambassador since 2009 and more recently, he is the Managing Director of the Young and Well CRC.