Lived Experience

For the love of language, can we talk about that?

By Martina McGrath. Here in Australia social change in relation to suicide prevention is occurring; and it is not without its struggles. The suicide prevention peer workforce (SP Peer Workforce) is emerging as is noted in Hawgood et al [1]. Alongside its emergence is the development and growth of non-clinical alternatives to care for people… Continue reading For the love of language, can we talk about that?

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

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

Lived Experience, Suicide Prevention

Sowing #SeedsOfHope on World Suicide Prevention Day

By Donna Littlewood On 10th September, I had the pleasure of being part of a co-designed photography exhibition to mark World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). The idea for the event came from our ‘Patient and Public Involvement’ (PPI) group, also known as Mental Health 4 Mutual Support. Together with my fellow researchers (Leah Quinlivan and… Continue reading Sowing #SeedsOfHope on World Suicide Prevention Day

Lived Experience

‘Put the effort in and you’ll get there in the end’: People’s experiences of resilience to suicidal thoughts and behaviours

By Kamelia Harris Suicide is a leading cause of premature death in people experiencing mental health problems such as schizophrenia [1]. Around 10% of people experiencing this mental health problem die by suicide [2] and many more will experience suicidal thoughts and behaviours. My work focuses on understanding how by developing resilience in people, suicidal… Continue reading ‘Put the effort in and you’ll get there in the end’: People’s experiences of resilience to suicidal thoughts and behaviours

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See What I’m Saying? Using creative methods to open up conversations around self-harm, suicide and ‘recovery’

By Emma Nielsen and Donna Littlewood They say that a picture speaks a thousand words. While a thousand is arguably a point of debate, it is certainly true that images can be a powerful means of conveying ideas, sharing experiences and opening up conversations. This can be particularly important when words are hard to find… Continue reading See What I’m Saying? Using creative methods to open up conversations around self-harm, suicide and ‘recovery’

Lived Experience

When your research topic becomes too close to home

By Laura Hemming It was an average Sunday afternoon when me and my partner, Sam, decided to head to our local swimming pool for a few laps. We’d been particularly stressed due to being midway through searching for and purchasing our first home, and decided we’d take some time out of relentlessly scrolling Rightmove to… Continue reading When your research topic becomes too close to home

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What’s okay to say? The acceptability of language used to talk about suicide

By Emma Nielsen Language: the source of much debate Talking matters; we want people to be having helpful, open and compassionate conversations about suicide. A central aspect of supporting this is developing a comprehensive, clear and evidence-based understanding of what language people find acceptable, and what is not acceptable, when doing the talking. Here, it… Continue reading What’s okay to say? The acceptability of language used to talk about suicide

Lived Experience

The Other Half of Suicide Ideation

I’m a healthy and stable guy. I lead a lifestyle I enjoy, have a job I’m passionate for and a friendship group I hold dear to me. I’m happy, positive about where I am in life and optimistic for the future. Even when times are bad, like when my father passed suddenly, I channelled the… Continue reading The Other Half of Suicide Ideation

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Who are the ‘Experts by Experience’ in Mental Health Research? – A personal reflection

By Laura Hemming. This blog is about my journey and identity as a researcher in an organisation that emphasises the importance of placing lived experience at the heart of mental health research. My journey as a researcher began a little over a year and a half ago when I was employed by the McPin Foundation… Continue reading Who are the ‘Experts by Experience’ in Mental Health Research? – A personal reflection

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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