Episode 59: Sleep and Suicide
Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in Australia and the largest cause of productive life years lost. To understand how we can prevent suicide and links with sleep we spoke to Prof Ian Hickie of the Brain and Mind Centre at University of Sydney. Ian is also a co-host of the Minding your Mind podcast.
Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk – Talking all things sleep.
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Audio Timeline / Chapters:
- 00:00 – 30:52 Theme – Suicide and Sleep
- 30:52 – 32:03 Clinical Tip
- 32:03 – 34:26 Pick of the Month
- 34:26 – 36:06 What’s Coming Up?
Next episode: Burnout
Links mentioned in the podcast:
- Prof Hickie’s University of Sydney profile
- Minding your Mind – Podcast
- Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disturbances and depression in young people – Lancet Psychiatry
- Circadian depression: A mood disorder phenotype – Neurosci Biobehav Rev
- The Body Keeps the Score – book
- Sleep, suicide behaviours, and the protective role of sleep medicine – Sleep Med
- Sleep Down Under conference
Professor Ian Hickie is Co-Director, Health and Policy at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow (2013-2017 and 2018-22), having previously been one of the inaugural NHMRC Australian Fellows (2008-12). He was an inaugural Commissioner on Australia’s National Mental Health Commission (2012-18) overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform and suicide prevention. He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with particular reference to medical aspects of common mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder. Professor Hickie has been at the forefront of the move to have mental health and suicide prevention integrated with other aspects of health care (notably chronic disease and ambulatory care management). Follow Ian on Twitter at @ian_hickie
Dr Moira Junge is a health psychologist working in the sleep field, who has considerable experience working with people with sleeping difficulties in a multidisciplinary practice using a team-based approach. Moira is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments. She is one of the founders and clinic directors at Yarraville Health Group which was established in 1998.
Connect with Moira on Twitter – @MoiraJunge
Dr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and in the United States, at Harvard Medical School, and is an International Sleep Medicine Specialist, Diplomate Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Registered Polysomnographic Technologist. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep.
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