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Experts available: National Psychology Week

University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below topics.

ONLINE SUICIDE FORUMS

According to the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Australia’s health system cannot meet the urgent needs of people in suicidal crisis who present to emergency departments for mental health care.

  • Professor Andrea Lamont-Mills can discuss the work University of Southern Queensland researchers are doing to understand how those in crisis turn to online forums to seek life-saving support. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331.

BREAKING UP RELATIONSHIP SABOTAGE

What do 10 Things I Hate About You, Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Mindy Project have in common? They all show forms of relationship self-sabotage. Making its way into the mainstream, relationship self-sabotage can present in a variety of ways, such as defeatist and unrealistic attitudes. But underneath it all, the aim is to protect oneself from vulnerability and harm.

  • Relationship expert Dr Raquel Peel has been studying this behavioural pattern and has developed a scale to identify and explain the warning signs. She can talk on the pop-culture references, its relationship impacts and ways to help kick the habit. Media contact: Alexia Austin 0491 022 303.

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University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on National Psychology Week.