Martina McGrath

Institution: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Queensland, Australia.

Supervisory team: Professor Robert Bland and Dr John Drayton.

Position: PhD Student.

Current research: My current research project seeks to investigate and develop translational strategies for improving disclosure issues for people working in lived experience of suicide prevention roles.

Research interests:

  • Understanding the needs of people who experience intense emotional distress which includes thoughts of suicide and attempts of suicide.
  • Interested in helping to bring greater priority and visibility to LGBTQIA+ people including the lack of accurate whole of population data for each sub-group within the broader LGBTQIA+ community, and the communities higher rates of suicide.
  • I am also interested in investigate the role that loneliness plays in relation to self-harm and suicide.

Recent publications:

  • Hawgood, J., Rimkeviciene, J., Gibson, M., McGrath, M., & Edwards, B. (2020). Reasons for living among those with lived experience entering the suicide prevention workforce. Death Studies, 1-6.
  • Hawgood, J., Gibson, M. & McGrath, M. (2018). Evaluation of the Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Training Programs. Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane.

Can help with: Given I work in a national lived experience of suicide organisation in Australia, I am happy to help anyone looking for lived experience of suicide literature or even just wanting to explore the topic themselves. The same offers apply equally to my three areas of interest. Happy to chat, support or even collaborate.

What’s essential to your well-being? Outside of work: my photography and heading off in my car on the weekend to a coast with camera gear and no fixed plans, I love cooking and it is a form of self care, coffee or brunch with friends, yoga and meditation.

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