Victoria Boelman

Institution: Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Supervisory team: Professor Rory O’Connor and Dr. Katie Robb.

Position: PhD Student.

Current research: I am interested in the role of communities and culture in shaping people’s response to emotional distress and how people recover from a suicide attempt. My PhD research explores the concept of ‘community wellbeing’ as a potential explanatory factor in understanding differences in suicide rates, and the role of community in supporting recovery.

Research interests:

  • Community wellbeing
  • Public perceptions of/ responses to suicide attempts within the community
  • The role of culture in influencing self-harm and suicide
  • Making greater use of lived experience and creative, qualitative methods in suicide research

Can help with: Qualitative research methods; participatory methods; life/careers in research outside academia; being a mature and/ or part-time student; grant/proposal writing.

What’s essential to your well-being? As my PhD is part-time around a full-time job, it can be hard to know what is ‘work’ and what isn’t! So finding a work-study-life balance is essential! Things that help most are my husband, supportive and challenging colleagues, walks in the countryside, craft gin, and catching up with friends

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