Research

Reflecting on asking about self-harm for the first time

By Abigail Paterson. I recently completed the data collection for the first study in my PhD and when I did, I realised that this also signalled the end of my first study which asked participants about their self-harm behaviour. It was two big milestones for me in my PhD and before I begin data analysis… Continue reading Reflecting on asking about self-harm for the first time

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Emily Hutchinson

Institution: University of Pittsburgh, USA. Supervisory team: Jennifer Silk, Ph.D. Position: Clinical-Developmental Psychology Ph.D. student. Current research: I’m interested in how peer-related processes (i.e. rejection, social media) contribute to the development of adolescent suicidal thoughts and behaviors. My research uses multimodal assessments, such as neuroimaging and ecological momentary assessment, to better understand the dynamics of… Continue reading Emily Hutchinson

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Tyler R. Pritchard

Institution: University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Supervisory team: Dr. Stephen P. Lewis. Position: PhD student. Current research: Needs assessment for individuals in rural regions of Canada; online activity related to self-injury. Research interests: Suicide risk and prevention in rural populations Online self-injury activity (e.g., risks and benefits) Theoretical models of suicidal ideation and behavior Risk assessment… Continue reading Tyler R. Pritchard

Research

How can genetics help us understand self-harm?

By Kai Lim The arrival of the genomics revolution is changing many aspects of the world, including the study of psychiatry and mental health [1]. As the cost of genotyping declines over time, more people can be recruited in genomics studies, and we will be able to understand more about the genetic risks for different… Continue reading How can genetics help us understand self-harm?

Research

Highlighting measurement challenges in suicide research

By Erik Reinbergs. Measuring complex constructs related to suicide (i.e., suicidal ideation, planning, behaviors, intent, attempts, etc.) is extremely challenging. Many of these terms lack agreed upon definitions and are frequently used imprecisely, making accurate measurement difficult in even the best designed studies [1]. Without accurate measurement, however, the validity of psychological research is severely… Continue reading Highlighting measurement challenges in suicide research

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Nicolas Oakey-Frost

Institution: Louisiana State University, United States. Supervisory team: Dr. Raymond Tucker. Position: PhD student. Current research and research interests: I am interested in understanding the phenomenology of suicidal thoughts and behaviours, primarily through the lens of resiliency and ecological precipitants. I am additionally interested in the various theoretical explanations of suicide phenomenology and am primarily… Continue reading Nicolas Oakey-Frost

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Martina McGrath

Institution: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Queensland, Australia. Supervisory team: Professor Robert Bland and Dr John Drayton. Position: PhD Student. Current research: My research study seeks to  understand how, when, with whom, why or even why not trained suicide prevention peer workers navigate and manage disclosure in their workplaces. I am… Continue reading Martina McGrath

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Kai Lim

Institution: King’s College London, England. Supervisory team: Professor Fruhling Rijsdijk and Jean-Baptiste Pingault. Position: PhD student. Current research: I am interested to know about the aetiology of self-harm, especially if there are aetiological differences between suicidal and non-suicidal self-harm. In my PhD research, I will employ different methods to answer this question, including using genetically… Continue reading Kai Lim

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Kim Setkowski

Institution: 113 Suicide Prevention, The Netherlands. Supervisory team: Prof. Dr. Anton J. L. M. van Balkom and Dr. Renske Gilissen. Position: PhD Student. Current research: My PhD research is currently focused on evaluating the impact and feasibility of a Suicide PRevention Action NETwork (SUPRANET Care) in the Netherlands (www.supranetggz.nl). At this moment, sixteen Dutch specialist mental… Continue reading Kim Setkowski

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Cheryl Hunter

Institution: University of East London, England. Supervisory team: Dr Maria Castro Romero. Position: Trainee Clinical Psychologist on UEL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Current research: I am interested in the experiences of people living with ongoing suicidal thoughts, feelings and/or acts, and I am currently completing a collective narrative project working with people to co-produce collective… Continue reading Cheryl Hunter

Lived Experience

Our journey so far: Co-producing a project about people’s experiences of being assessed for risk of suicide by their General Practitioners

This blog post discusses what is going on behind the scenes of a co-produced project (conducted in the UK) exploring how people experience being assessed for risk of suicide by their General Practitioners (GPs). Phil and three other volunteers are working alongside Sophia to develop the project and create a series of blogs to document… Continue reading Our journey so far: Co-producing a project about people’s experiences of being assessed for risk of suicide by their General Practitioners

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Simo Raittila

Institution: University of Helsinki (Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences), Finland. Supervisory team: Professor Anne Kouvonen (Social Policy, University of Helsinki) and research professor Ari Väänänen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health). Position: PhD Student. Current research: I am interested in understanding the effects of long-term changes in societal context on mental health risks in different socioeconomic… Continue reading Simo Raittila

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Julie Janssens

Institution: KU Leuven, Center for Contextual Psychiatry, Belgium. Supervisory team: Dr. Olivia Kirtley and Prof. Inez-Myin Germeys. Position: PhD student. Current research: I am interested in how attachment relationships (mother, father, peers) play a role in the development of self-harm thoughts and behaviours in adolescents to better understand why people think about or engage in… Continue reading Julie Janssens

Events

A Year in Review: netECR 2019

Longer nights are drawing in, city centres are twinkling with holiday lights and faculty are donning winter jumpers: winter is firmly on its way and Christmas is just around the corner (…and we are writing from the northern hemisphere!). With the winter break fast approaching, and netECR members preparing for a well-deserved holiday, we thought… Continue reading A Year in Review: netECR 2019

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Emily Hielscher

Institution: University of Queensland, Australia. Supervisory team: Associate Professor James Scott, Dr Melissa Connell. Position: PhD Candidate. Current research: I am interested in improving identification of implicit and explicit warning signs of self-harm in young people. My PhD, in particular, investigates the association between psychotic-like experiences and self-harm in young people, and the mechanisms underlying… Continue reading Emily Hielscher

Suicide Prevention

A nurse perspective on interacting with patients who experience suicidal ideation

By Joeri Vandewalle It is clear that nurses play a crucial and advantaged role in suicide prevention and in promoting the recovery of patients who experience suicidal ideation. Nurses make up a large proportion of multidisciplinary teams and have 24-hour contact with patients. Moreover, nursing has always been thought to be synonymous with providing care,… Continue reading A nurse perspective on interacting with patients who experience suicidal ideation

Lived Experience, Suicide Prevention

Suicide risk assessments, experts by experience and me

By Sophia Fedorowicz As a first year PhD student I wanted my inaugural blog post to outline the area I am interested in and how I came to be here, I am a product of my experiences after all. My first love is psychology. My undergraduate degree was BSc Psychology Single Honours and so psychological… Continue reading Suicide risk assessments, experts by experience and me

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Andre Mason

Institution: Adolescent Behaviour and Child Development Lab, University of Otago, New Zealand. Supervisory team: Dr. Damian Scarf; Professor Sunny Collings. Position: PhD Student. Current research: I am interested mental health and well-being within adolescent and emerging adult populations. In particular, I am interested in how early life experiences, particularly those that are adverse or traumatic, can… Continue reading Andre Mason

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Nicole Hill

Institution: University of Melbourne (Orygen Centre for Youth Mental Health- Suicide prevention team), Australia. Supervisory team: A/Prof Jo Robinson; A/Prof Matthew Spittal; Prof Eoin Killackey. Position: PhD student. Current research: I am investigating suicide clusters in young people, the role of suicide contagion, and community scale prevention of suicide clusters. Research interests: Advancing methods in suicide… Continue reading Nicole Hill