; Jorgen Gullestrup
A plumber and suicidologist with a passion for making a difference.
Jorgen is a plumber and suicidologist. He is currently a PhD Candidate researching the topic “Male Help-offering in suicide prevention”. He holds a Masters of suicidology, a Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention, Diploma in Community Welfare and Development and an Associate Diploma in Labour Studies. He also studied Law at QUT for a number of years.
He is the co-author of 12 published articles and a book-chapter within the field of suicidology. He has delivered keynote presentations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India. He is a 2017 Churchill Fellow researching “Workplace initiatives in mental health and suicide prevention globally” and as awarded Suicide Prevention Australia’s LIFE Award for leadership to the sector in 2018.
Jorgen has lived experience of suicide and poor mental health. This experience is fundamental to his practice. He is currently Suicide Prevention Australia’s lived experience advisor. He is also a member of the Queensland Mental Health and Drugs Council.
His work experience spans from licensed plumber, workplace health and safety researcher, senior union official, not-for-profit leader, mental health, and suicide prevention. He is married to Kanitta and the proud father of four – Lars, Daniel, Carmen and Yada.