Suicide Prevention

“What do you think would reduce LGBT+ youth suicide in the future?”

By Hazel Marzetti. Yasmin: For LGBT+ young people specifically, just societally, if you have a feeling, especially when you’re young that you’re not going to be accepted and it’s going to be harder for you to sort of move through the world because of your identity, that brings a real feeling of hopelessness. Suicide is… Continue reading “What do you think would reduce LGBT+ youth suicide in the future?”

Suicide Prevention

Policy Change to Prevent Suicide: Turning Research into Action

By Corbin J. Standley. As suicide researchers, we develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions to contribute to efforts to save lives and create lives worth living. Beyond these academic pursuits, however, we must also use our skills and expertise to influence community and social change. One step toward creating this change is… Continue reading Policy Change to Prevent Suicide: Turning Research into Action

Suicide Prevention

Coordinating the formulation of the National Action Plan for Suicide Prevention 2020-2030 (NAPSP)

By Alexandr Kasal. Introduction After graduating from a Public and Social Policy Master study-program, and working as an intern within the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) in the Czech Republic, I was offered a job in in their Public Mental Health research group. One of the long-term goals of our efforts is to raise… Continue reading Coordinating the formulation of the National Action Plan for Suicide Prevention 2020-2030 (NAPSP)

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

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

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

Suicide Prevention

Researching domestic violence and suicidal behaviour in Sri Lanka

By Piumee Bandara Earlier this year, I found myself deep in Sri Lanka’s lush, leafy suburbs, knocking on doors for an interview. I was there with a team of local researchers to gather information from people primarily about adverse experiences in childhood and current experiences of domestic violence.  My aim, to gain a better understanding… Continue reading Researching domestic violence and suicidal behaviour in Sri Lanka

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

Suicide Prevention

Community pharmacy: An untapped resource in suicide prevention?

By Hayley Gorton Back in 2015, I attended the International Association for Suicide Prevention congress the first time. I found myself in a room with about 600 delegates including psychiatrists, psychologists, statisticians, epidemiologists and many others; but realised that I was probably the only pharmacist there. This made me reflect on my own practice as… Continue reading Community pharmacy: An untapped resource in suicide prevention?

Research

Out of the lab and into everyday life: Using Experience Sampling Methods to better understand self-harm and suicide

By Olivia Kirtley The lab and questionnaire-based nature of much self-harm and suicide research means that we often only have access to snapshots of participants’ experiences and behaviours. Furthermore, the chronic lack of prospective and longitudinal research in the field means we know very little about how behaviours and experiences change over time. Most often,… Continue reading Out of the lab and into everyday life: Using Experience Sampling Methods to better understand self-harm and suicide

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

Suicide Prevention

3 things we should know about suicide in autistic adults

By Mirabel Pelton My research asks why autistic people* [A] are more likely to engage in suicidal thoughts and behaviours than people who aren’t autistic. I want to produce evidence that will really reduce suicide rates. As I near the end of my second year as a PhD student, I’ve noticed that, when I introduce… Continue reading 3 things we should know about suicide in autistic adults

Suicide Prevention

The importance of remembering weight in suicide prevention

By Valerie Douglas Often, when one thinks of the words “discrimination” or “stigmatization” our mind will wander to identity groups who when we hear in the news about the systematic and overt discrimination they face makes us want to tweet, “What century do we live in, again???”. Western society has, overall, come to agree that… Continue reading The importance of remembering weight in suicide prevention

Suicide Prevention

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

By Hazel Marzetti Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT happens every year on the 17th of May and provides an opportunity for people (LGBTI people and our allies) who feel able, to stand visibly against discrimination and harassment faced by LGBTI people. Does that really happen anymore? One… Continue reading International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

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Session 6: Data Hubs and Platforms

By Rebecca Musgrove and Lana Bojanić. Big data and suicide and self-harm prevention Professor Ann John, Swansea University. Prof John talked about the potential and challenges of using big data and routine records in suicide and self-harm research.  In particular she highlighted the SAIL databank which provides data linkage to a number of datasets across… Continue reading Session 6: Data Hubs and Platforms

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Session 5: High Risk Groups

By Rebecca Musgrove and Lana Bojanić. Financial difficulty and suicide: data from frontline staff in commercial debt collection firms Dr Chris Fitch & Jamie Evans, Personal Finance Research Centre, University of Bristol. Dr Fitch’s ‘non-health’ angle focused on the presentation of suicidality to the frontline staff of commercial debt collection firms.  They found that a… Continue reading Session 5: High Risk Groups

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Session 4: Healthcare Context

By Rebecca Musgrove and Lana Bojanić. Hospital and community presentations for self-harm: linking across datasets Prof Nav Kapur, University of Manchester. Prof Kapur focused on the importance of data linkage between primary and secondary datasets and mortality records. This presentation related to those who were hospitalised due to the self-harm, identified as an important group… Continue reading Session 4: Healthcare Context

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Session 3: Registered Suicides

By Rebecca Musgrove and Lana Bojanić. Suicide Registrations Data Dr Ben Windsor-Shellard, Office for National Statistics (ONS). Dr Windsor-Shellard pointed out that possible inconsistency in the ONS data can stem from the registration delay between date of death and date of registration of death (i.e. 152 days on average in England) and recent changes in… Continue reading Session 3: Registered Suicides

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Session 2: General Population and Cohort Surveys

By Rebecca Musgrove and Lana Bojanić. Self-harm trends and risk factors using adult general population surveys (AMPS) Sally McManus, National Centre for Social Research. Sally McManus discussed the new NatCen report – “Suicide and Self-Harm in Britain – researching risk and resilience” which uses a range of cross-sectional data sources gathered from 1993 onwards. Sally’s… Continue reading Session 2: General Population and Cohort Surveys

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Session 1: Context and Aims

By Rebecca Musgrove and Lana Bojanić. Suicide Prevention Strategies: Data Needs and Data Gaps Prof Louis Appleby, University of Manchester. Prof Appleby summarised the key aims of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, in particular looking at “high risk” groups as well as other specific groups within the general population that may need targeted intervention. He… Continue reading Session 1: Context and Aims