ECRs

Becky Mars

Institution:  Suicide and Self-harm (SASH) Research Group, University of Bristol, England. Position: Research Fellow. Current research: Transitions from suicidal thoughts/non-suicidal self-harm to suicide attempts (American Foundation for Suicide prevention fellowship). I am also PI on an MRC/MRF grant which is exploring biological mechanisms linking early life adversity and later self-harm behaviours. I currently supervise two… Continue reading Becky Mars

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Donna Littlewood

Institution:  University of Manchester, UK Position: Research Associate, NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Current research: Improving patient safety in mental health services, with the aim of preventing self-harm and suicide. Research interests: Mental health recovery, resilience to suicide, sleep problems and mental wellbeing, the role of social media in mental wellbeing, healthcare communication.… Continue reading Donna Littlewood

ECRs

Nadja Lederer

Institution: Research Group for Industrial Software, Vienna University of Technology, Austria Position: Project Assistant, Prospective PhD candidate Current research: Investigating the role mobile technology can play to boost the recovery process for people living borderline personality disorder and self-injury in addition to therapy Research interests: Designing mental health technology (apps, wearables, tangible interfaces) especially in… Continue reading Nadja Lederer

ECRs

Katerina Kavalidou

Institution: National Suicide Research Foundation, WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance and Research in Suicide Prevention, University College Cork, Ireland. Current research: I am currently working on registries related to self-harm and suicide. Research interests: Patterns of multimorbidity and risk of suicidal behaviours and suicide. Access to multiple medications as a risk factor of suicide attempts… Continue reading Katerina Kavalidou

ECRs

Ian Hussey

Institution: Ghent University, Belgium. Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Current research: My research involves the intersections between behavioral/learning psychology, implicit attitudes, and suicidal behaviour. Research interests: Quantitative psychology (methods, stats, open science) Learning psychology (behaviourism, relational frame theory) Implicit attitudes Suicidal behaviour Publications: Hussey., I & Hughes, S. (2019). Hidden invalidity among fifteen commonly used measures… Continue reading Ian Hussey

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Laura Hemming

Institution: University of Manchester Supervisory team: Dr. Daniel Pratt, Professor Gillian Haddock, Professor Jennifer Shaw Position: PhD student Current research: Researching how a person’s understanding of their emotions can lead to risky behaviours such as suicide and aggression within a male prisoner population. Research interests: Forensic mental health, suicide and self-harm research, service-user led research,… Continue reading Laura Hemming

ECRs

Laura del Carpio

Institution: University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Supervisory team: Dr Susan Rasmussen & Dr Sally Paul. Position: PhD Student. Current research: Understanding the experiences of young people who have been bereaved, particularly following a suicide death, and the impact on mental health and self-harm behaviours. Research interests:  Adult/adolescent mental health Bereavement experiences across the lifespan Theoretical models of… Continue reading Laura del Carpio

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Eleanor Chatburn

Institution: 1) Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Somerset and Taunton NHS Foundation Trust and University of Bath; 2) Visiting Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford Supervisory team: Dr Bergljot Gjelsvik and Prof Keith Hawton Current research: I am involved with the Mindlock Project at the University of Oxford, where I am investigating the psychology of suicidal… Continue reading Eleanor Chatburn

Academia

One of these is not like the others: Imposter syndrome within early career researchers

By A. Jess Williams. Recently, a senior professor has taken to saying to me “calm down, things go wrong, nothing’s perfect”. Sounds grand, right? But to my way of thinking, this is telling me that I’ve done something wrong or that people think I’ve made a mistake - that’s frustrating for anyone, but my sneaky… Continue reading One of these is not like the others: Imposter syndrome within early career researchers

Suicide Prevention

On sharpening knives, stigma and mental health

By Tiago Zortea. Ten years ago, in the second year of my undergraduate course in Psychology, I came across a short book chapter that caused me to rethink many of the ways in which I understood mental health: The actress, the priest, and the psychoanalyst: The knife sharpeners, written by the Brazilian Professor of Social… Continue reading On sharpening knives, stigma and mental health

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention: From Illness and Risk Factors, to Thoughts and Actions

By Tiago Zortea. As a PhD student carrying out research in suicidality, I am recurrently asked why people take their own lives. The thing is, there is not an obvious, quick, or complete answer. Suicide is a complex phenomenon, and it involves biological, psychological and social factors that interact with each other, and these interactions… Continue reading Suicide Prevention: From Illness and Risk Factors, to Thoughts and Actions

Suicide Prevention

Eleanor Rigby, Loneliness, and Suicide

By Tiago Zortea. “Ah look at all the lonely people! All the lonely people Where do they all come from? All the lonely people Where do they all belong?” The thought provoking, sad, and very reflective Beatles’ song, “Eleanor Rigby” shocked me when I listened to it for the first time many years ago. For… Continue reading Eleanor Rigby, Loneliness, and Suicide

Suicide Prevention

Is it dangerous to ask or talk about suicide?

By Tiago Zortea. This is an understandable concern. Suicide is a delicate issue since it involves suffering, emotional pain, and sometimes stigma for those who have lost loved ones through suicide or feel suicidal themselves [1]. In addition, there is a well-known phenomenon called the “Werther effect” (or copycat suicide) where a person bases a… Continue reading Is it dangerous to ask or talk about suicide?

Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention at the individual level: The role of empathy in saving lives

By Tiago Zortea. Every year, the 10th of September marks world suicide prevention day, with thousands of people across the globe calling for action to reduce deaths by suicide and save lives [1]. Suicide prevention strategies can be implemented at several different levels with interventions including: (i) restricting individuals’ access to the means of suicide,… Continue reading Suicide prevention at the individual level: The role of empathy in saving lives

Suicide Prevention

On 13 Reasons Why: Acknowledging those working in suicide prevention

By Katerina Kavalidou. “No matter what you are going through, there is help out there; suicide is not the solution” The above is an important message from Professor Rory O’Connor, an expert on suicide research and prevention, regarding the recent airing of 13 Reasons Why, a TV series about a teenage girl’s suicide. Reading this,… Continue reading On 13 Reasons Why: Acknowledging those working in suicide prevention

Academia

LHR-BOS-LHR and the learning in between: Reflections on an OIV visiting fellowship

By Emma Nielsen. Hands up who has a favourite academic paper? You might not like to admit it but, if you do, you are amongst company. I certainly have a favourite. It is a paper I read as an undergraduate that challenged my thinking and got me engaged and questioning in a way no other… Continue reading LHR-BOS-LHR and the learning in between: Reflections on an OIV visiting fellowship

Lived Experience

Emma Nielsen – “Me too”: Mental health and disclosure as an Early Career Researcher

By Emma Nielsen When I’m not PhD-ing I’m often covered in paint. Recently, I gifted two paintings to the ‘crisis house’ that helped me and held me together earlier this year. Today, I received the most unexpected of thank you cards from the house. It was one of those game changing, reflective moments and I… Continue reading Emma Nielsen – “Me too”: Mental health and disclosure as an Early Career Researcher