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

Research

How studying the brain can help us to reduce suicide

By Justine Dickhoff. The role of the brain in suicide Our brain is one of the most fascinating organs. Even though it only makes up 3% of our body weight it keeps our body running all day. It helps us to accomplish our work, go from place to place and let us understand when a… Continue reading How studying the brain can help us to reduce suicide

Research

Suicide in Context: How Bioecological Theory Could Advance Theories of Suicide

By John F. Gunn III. I have always had an interest in theoretical perspectives of suicide – so much so that I convinced David Lester to edit a book on the topic with me [1]. I even attempted my own supposition on a theoretical framework some years ago [2]. However, as I developed as a… Continue reading Suicide in Context: How Bioecological Theory Could Advance Theories of Suicide

Suicide Prevention

“The burden of telling”: how our responses can silence people who live with suicidal thoughts, feelings and acts

By Cheryl Hunter. Have you ever spoken to someone who lived with ongoing suicidal thoughts and feelings? How would you know for sure that you haven’t? According to a community survey, one in five people experience suicidal thoughts at some point in their lifetime, and one in fifteen people act to end their own lives.… Continue reading “The burden of telling”: how our responses can silence people who live with suicidal thoughts, feelings and acts

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

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

Suicide Prevention

Approaches to suicide in Finland: Reflections from an international secondment

By Laura del Carpio and Abigail Paterson The Citizenship, Recovery, and Inclusive Society Partnership (CRISP) programme [1], led by the University of Strathclyde, has brought together leading academic institutions and third sector organisations from across the EU and the USA to share knowledge on approaches to social inclusion and mental health. As a result of… Continue reading Approaches to suicide in Finland: Reflections from an international secondment

Research

The need for a “Psychological Science Accelerator” in suicide research

By Austin J. Gallyer The Problem Suicide is an international public health crisis. In the United States (U.S.), the suicide rate increased by 33% from 1999 to 2017 [1], and in Scotland, the suicide rate increased by about 15% from 2017 to 2018 [2]. Because of this large public health burden, scientists have conducted research… Continue reading The need for a “Psychological Science Accelerator” in suicide research

Lived Experience

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

Research

Advice on involving people with experiential knowledge in suicide and self-harm research.

By Donna Littlewood on behalf of members from the PPI group - Mutual Support for Mental Health The following responses were provided by members of ‘Mutual Support for Mental Health’ the lived experience advisory panel for the Centre for Mental Health and Safety at the University of Manchester. What are the key things you would… Continue reading Advice on involving people with experiential knowledge in suicide and self-harm research.

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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

Events

Conference Review: Using Data to Inform Suicide and Self-harm Prevention

By Rebecca Musgrove and Lana Bojanić. A number of netECR members attended the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and NIHR sponsored “Using data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention” at the Royal Statistical Society in London on Monday 25th February 2019. This was the first in a series of events to celebrate the 50th… Continue reading Conference Review: Using Data to Inform Suicide and Self-harm Prevention

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

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Conference Review: The 17th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour

By Justine Dickhoff. The 17th European Symposium on Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour was held in one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful city’s: Ghent (Belgium). Over the years, this biennial symposium became a meeting point for researchers from all over the world to gather about scientific work, exchange knowledge, and discuss implication for suicide prevention.… Continue reading Conference Review: The 17th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour

Journal Club Notes

Preventing suicide in community and custodial settings

On Monday, 24 September at 10am (GMT) we had our monthly online journal club session and we discussed the new NICE guidelines on Preventing suicide in community and custodial settings (NG105) published earlier this month. The guidelines are available at: Preventing suicide in community and custodial settings. Here are some notes from thoughts shared in… Continue reading Preventing suicide in community and custodial settings