Karl Andriessen presents Orygen Friday Presentation Webinar - The grief, mental health and help-seeking experiences of bereaved adolescents

Date and Time:
Friday 29th May 2020  12:00pm – 1:00pm

Attendance Details:
Please register in advance for this webinar via this link (select May 29, 2020).

The death of a close person, such as a family member or a friend is a potentially disruptive event in the lives of adolescents, and may affect their mental health and social functioning. Little is known about their help-seeking experiences. Based on the literature and own research, this presentation will describe the grief and mental health of adolescents bereaved by suicide or other causes, in terms of their grief and potential for personal growth. The presentation will also outline positive and negative experiences of bereaved adolescents with help-seeking from social support, school, online and clinicians, and will highlight barriers and facilitators for help-seeking. It will inform participants on how to better understand and support bereaved adolescents.

Karl Andriessen
, PhD, MSuicidology, BSW, is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne; a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychiatry, UNSW; and a Research Fellow in the University of Leuven, Belgium. His research is focused on bereavement after suicide and other causes, suicide prevention and ethics in suicide research. He is an advisor to national and international projects, and received several awards for his achievements. He has published widely in this field, including 70 peer-reviewed papers and 7 volumes including “Postvention in action: The international handbook of suicide bereavement support” (with Dr Krysinska and Dr Grad; Hogrefe, 2017).