John Whitebrook

Institution: University of West London, England. Supervisory team: Principal Supervisor: Caroline Lafarge, Professor of Psychology; 2nd Supervisor, Jamie Churchyard, Senior Lecturer in Psychology; 3rd Supervisor: Sharon Cahill, Ph.D. Supervisor. Position: PhD student. Current research: I am interested in understanding how people deal with losing loved ones to suicide. My PhD research is looking at the factors… Continue reading John Whitebrook


Selma Gaily-Luoma

Institution: Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Supervisory team: Prof. Aarno Laitila, Prof. Juha Holma, Dr. Jukka Valkonen, Dr. Kirsi Suominen. Position: PhD Student. Current research: I am interested in understanding how mental health services help and hinder recovery from suicidality. My PhD research explores suicide attempt survivors’ experiences of received care, including Finnish… Continue reading Selma Gaily-Luoma


Kyli Hedrick

Institution: Justice Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. Position: Psychologist, lecturer, and honorary research fellow. Current research: I am currently investigating self-harm among asylum seekers, in both detained and community-based populations. Research interests: Asylum seeker and refugee mental health Self-harm among asylum seekers Post-migration… Continue reading Kyli Hedrick


Jessica Stubbing

Institution: Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, The Institute of Living, United States. Supervisory team: Dr David Tolin and Dr Gretchen Diefenbach. Position: Postdoctoral Fellow. Current research: I am interested in how we can improve our understanding and treatments for suicidal thoughts and behaviours through working alongside our most vulnerable and under-served populations, particularly young… Continue reading Jessica Stubbing


Áine French

Institution: Resilience and Health laboratory, School of Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland. Supervisory team: Assistant Professor Niki Nearchou. Position: MLitt student (hoping to start the PhD in September) / Research Assistant. Current research: I am currently conducting a systematic review on the relationship between sleep and self-harm in young people as part of my M.Litt.… Continue reading Áine French


Michelle M. Oliver

Institution: School of Social Work, College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practic – Simmons University, Boston, MA, United States. Supervisory team: Dr. Peter Maramaldi and Dr. Melinda Gushwa. Position: PhD Candidate. Current research: I am interested in how parents understand their child’s suicide communications and how parents access resources and supports for their child’s mental… Continue reading Michelle M. Oliver


Alkiviadis Koskotas

Institution: Lothian Eating Disorders Service, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Scotland. Supervisory team: Dr Maria Gardani; Dr Tiago C Zortea. Position: Psychological Therapist; Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology. Current research: Exploring lived experiences of nightmares and suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Research interests: Perceived diminished problem-solving abilities during suicide risk Impulsivity within suicide risk Evidence-based treatment for suicide… Continue reading Alkiviadis Koskotas


Yawen Zheng

Institution: Suicidal Behavioural Research Laboratory, Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Supervisory team: Professor Rory O’Connor and Professor Jonathan Evans. Position: PhD student in Mental Health. Current research: My research mainly focuses on investigating the dynamic nature of suicidal ideation and the factors presumed to influence the presence, intensity, and frequency of… Continue reading Yawen Zheng


Samantha Groves

Institution: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, England. Supervisory team: Karen Lascelles, Keith Hawton. Position: Research Assistant. Current research: I currently work across two projects, the first aims to explore suicide among nurses, midwives, and students of these professions. The second project is the development of a national survey exploring the experiences of staff working within… Continue reading Samantha Groves


All I want for Christmas is…

As we head towards the end of 2021, we have taken some time, as an editorial team, to reflect on the past 12 months. With another year of journal club and WSPD blogs under our belt, as well as a successful second e-conference and the introduction of netECR Collective Care, we are extremely grateful for the support of our ever-growing netECR community and the contributions that our members make to the network and to the field of suicide and self-harm research as a whole. As a community we now stand at 104 members strong, from 15 countries across the world.


Karyl Powell-Booth

Institution: Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Supervisory team: Profs. Rory O’Connor & Hamish McLeod. Position: ECR. Current research: I want to better understand the factors that lead persons to engage in suicidal behaviour – especially those in low- and middle-income countries. The focus of my thesis was an exploration of risk and protective… Continue reading Karyl Powell-Booth


Johanna Spiers

Institution: University of Birmingham, England. Position: Research Fellow. Current research: I’m working with Ruth Riley and Hilary Causer on a qualitative study about the impact on and support needs of NHS staff who have been bereaved by suicide Research interests: Healthcare professionals’ wellbeing and mental health Living with chronic physical and/or mental health conditions Qualitative… Continue reading Johanna Spiers


Emmanuel Nii-Boye Quarshie

Institution: Department of Psychology, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. Supervisory team: Prof Allan House and Prof Mitch Waterman. Position: Lecturer. Current research: My current research explores the correlates and resilience factors related to self-harm and suicidal behaviours among pregnant adolescent girls in Ghana, and implications for intervention and prevention. Research interests: In-school and hard-to-reach adolescents’ lived… Continue reading Emmanuel Nii-Boye Quarshie


Tiago C. Zortea

Institution: Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research, University of Oxford, England. Supervisory team: Prof Paul Salkovskis, Dr Louise Johns, and Prof Craig Steel. Position: Trainee Clinical Psychologist; Hon. Postdoctoral Researcher. Current research: Early and current determinats of vulnerability for suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Research interests: Vulnerability for suicidal thoughts and behaviours; attachment relationship… Continue reading Tiago C. Zortea


Marianne Webb

Institution: University of Melbourne, Australia (Orygen, Centre for Youth Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences). Supervisory team: Associate Professor Jo Robinson. Position: Research Fellow. Current research: I am currently co-developing best-practice guidelines for young people and researchers to involve young people with lived experience in suicide research. My PhD investigated the co-design and… Continue reading Marianne Webb


Sarah Davis

Institution: University of Manchester, England. Supervisory team: Peter Taylor, Tracy Epton and Isabelle Hunt. Position: PhD Student. Current research: This PhD research is designed to build on the existing literature about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI); my PhD project will be called “An empirical exploration of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI): Development and validation of a measure for addictive… Continue reading Sarah Davis


Karen Lascelles

Institution: Oxford Health NHS FT and Oxford Brookes University, England. Supervisory team: Professor Jane Appleton, Professor Debra Jackson, Dr Zoe Davey for my professional doctorate and professor Keith Hawton for Trust based research. Position: Professional Doctorate student and Nurse Consultant with a research component to my role. Current research: The experiences and support needs of adults… Continue reading Karen Lascelles


Esmira Ropaj

Institution: University of Manchester, England. Supervisory team: Dr Daniel Pratt, Professor Gillian Haddock. Position: Clinical Psychologist in Training. Current research: I am currently running a project which seeks to understand how we conceptualise recovery from suicidal thoughts and behaviours as well as what factors are important in supporting recovery. The project is looking to hear from… Continue reading Esmira Ropaj


Does one size fit all? Adapting Safety Planning Intervention with and for autistic adults

By Emma Nielsen. There is always a to-do list on my desk. It is usually scrawled across a scrap piece of paper, often elaborately highlighted and probably makes little sense to anyone else. But it is always there and it makes sense to me. It means that in times when I am overwhelmed or bouncing… Continue reading Does one size fit all? Adapting Safety Planning Intervention with and for autistic adults

Events, Suicide Prevention

World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

10th of September is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) and many of our netECR members have come together to provide a collection of new blog covering a range of topics related to suicide and self-harm. The articles present a wide collection of views, experiences, and perspectives on suicide and self-harm including themes around research, lived… Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day 2021