Suicide Prevention

Self-harm and suicide among asylum seekers and refugees: A call to researchers

By Katerina Kavalidou and Alessio Albanese. The United Nations’s refugee agency (UNHCR) has recently published an annual Global Trends Report showing that currently, nearly 79.5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide. Whilst the majority are internally displaced (around 46 million), 26 million are refugees and 4.2 million are asylum seekers [1]. Though often discussed together,… Continue reading Self-harm and suicide among asylum seekers and refugees: A call to researchers

Interviews

Interview: Career advice from Siobhan O’Neill

Siobhan O’Neill is a Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University. Her current research programmes focus on trauma and suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland, novel interventions for mental health and suicidal behaviour. Siobhan has expertise in qualitative and quantitative (epidemiology and survey) research methods. What are your main research interests? I am really interested… Continue reading Interview: Career advice from Siobhan O’Neill

Journal Club Notes

“These Things Don’t Work.” Young People’s Views on Harm Minimization Strategies as a Proxy for Self Harm

On Wednesday, 28th August 2019 we had our monthly online journal club session and we discussed the paper “These Things Don’t Work.” Young People’s Views on Harm Minimization Strategies as a Proxy for Self-Harm: A Mixed Methods Approachethics” by Ruth Wadman, Emma Nielsen, Linda O’Raw, Katherine Brown, A. Jess Williams, Kapil Sayal & Ellen Townsend.… Continue reading “These Things Don’t Work.” Young People’s Views on Harm Minimization Strategies as a Proxy for Self Harm

Journal Club Notes

Machine learning in suicide science: Applications and ethics

On Monday, 4th February at 12pm (GMT) we had our first monthly online journal club session of 2019 and we discussed the paper “Machine learning in suicide science: Applications and ethics” by Ryn Linthicum and colleagues. Here are some notes from thoughts shared in our discussion, kindly summarised by Ian Hussey. Overview of paper Machine… Continue reading Machine learning in suicide science: Applications and ethics

Suicide Prevention

When and where to look for help? Student mental health challenges in Croatia

By Lana Bojanić. Mental health of university students has been a hot topic in the last couple of years, both in research and in public domain, and for a good reason. The fact that the usual university age coincides with the age of onset of almost two-thirds of mental health problems, makes it vital to… Continue reading When and where to look for help? Student mental health challenges in Croatia

Suicide Prevention

The importance of starting a conversation about suicide: Advice for supporting postgraduate peers

By Kirsten Russell. Suicide continues to be a major public health concern worldwide, and is one of the leading causes of death in young people aged 15-24 (World Health Organisation, 2014). University students represent a particularly high risk group for the development of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. A survey conducted by NUS in 2013 highlighted… Continue reading The importance of starting a conversation about suicide: Advice for supporting postgraduate peers

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention: We Need Everyone

By Olivia Kirtley. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) released the first ever World Suicide Report, showing that around 800,000 people die by suicide each year.  In fact, around the world, one person will die by suicide every 40 seconds, which means in the time it’s taken me… Continue reading Suicide Prevention: We Need Everyone

Suicide Prevention

The Reach and Reaching Out of Suicide

By Olivia Kirtley. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and around the world people are raising awareness of suicide prevention. The theme for this year is ‘reaching out, saving lives’. But what is the reach of suicide, and what does reaching out do? The Reach Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide around… Continue reading The Reach and Reaching Out of Suicide

Lived Experience

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

Suicide Prevention

On sharpening knives, stigma and mental health

By Tiago Zortea. Ten years ago, in the second year of my undergraduate course in Psychology, I came across a short book chapter that caused me to rethink many of the ways in which I understood mental health: The actress, the priest, and the psychoanalyst: The knife sharpeners, written by the Brazilian Professor of Social… Continue reading On sharpening knives, stigma and mental health

Lived Experience

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