The present study offers an opportunity to evaluate the trends and possibilities of this potential underestimation of suicides among Australian children and determine pathways to suicide with a specific focus on identifying predictive factors. This information is crucial to the future development of effective evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies for children. The outcomes of the project will lead to improved recognition and assessment of suicidal risk among children. The suicide process can and often does begin in early childhood and it is logical to assume that prevention and intervention strategies that are directly targeted to children may be a valuable tool in the prevention of suicide later in life.
2010-06-30 to 2014-07-30