Lived Experience

I wanted to be a violinist and now I’m a suicide researcher: Why career change can be the best present to your future self

Change is hard, no matter what the change is. My name is Rhiannon and I’m a second year PhD student within the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab (SBRL) at the University of Glasgow. I also have an MA(Hons) in Music, and am an orchestral violinist.


Jo Lockwood

Institution: University of Nottingham (NIHR MindTech MedTech Cooperative), England. Position: Research Fellow. Current research: I am interested in child and adolescent mental health with a particular research interest in self-harm and suicide in young people. My  work has typically involved exploring mental health issues with young people, families and teachers. My PhD completed at Nottingham… Continue reading Jo Lockwood


Rethinking outcomes in self-harm research

The effectiveness of an intervention is typically determined by the use of outcome measures, whether this be in research or in clinical practice. In research, outcomes allow for the determination of an intervention’s suitability for wider distribution into communities. In clinical practice, outcomes can contribute to practitioners’ understanding of service users’ wellbeing and whether it has improved or if extra support is required. Clearly, outcome measures can carry a lot of weight, so it is important that the target constructs are meaningful and relevant so that they accurately reflect the experience of ‘recovery’ for each individual.


Kate LaForge

Institution: Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, USA. Supervisory team: Professor Howard Pinderhughes. Position: PhD student. Current research: My PhD research seeks to further our understanding of the ways that financial stress and chronic pain give rise to and interact with suicidal thoughts and attempts. Research interests: Financial stress, housing… Continue reading Kate LaForge


Rhiannon Leake

Institution: Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Supervisory team: Professor Rory O’Connor & Dr Katie Robb. Position: PhD Student & Distress Brief Intervention Practitioner. Current research: I am interested in researching the relationship between social media engagement and self-harm and suicidal behaviour, and factors that may mediate this, particularly emotional intelligence. Research interests:… Continue reading Rhiannon Leake