Dr Karl Andriessen is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the UNSW School of Psychiatry, Sydney, and a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven-University of Leuven, Belgium. He is a well-known researcher in the field of suicide bereavement and prevention, and worked in Australia, Belgium, and internationally. His involvement is rooted in clinical practice, starting 30 years ago as a Social Worker in youth and family counselling, and telephone crisis lines, followed by leading positions in suicide prevention, bereavement, helplines, community mental health centres, and policy development. Karl holds a Master in Suicidology (Griffith University, 2006), and a PhD (2018) from the School of Psychiatry, UNSW, Sydney. He is the recipient of several (inter-)national awards, and served as Chair of the IASP Special Interest Group on Suicide Bereavement (2002-2015). He is an advisor to several projects in the field of mental health, suicide prevention and bereavement, and is the principal editor of “Postvention in action”, the world first “International handbook of suicide bereavement support” (Hogrefe, 2017).