Kelly Stewart’s lived experience of suicide bereavement underpins her work as a psychotherapist and her PhD research at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Health in Social Science. Her current research explores the intergenerational trauma of suicide in families, which builds on her published master’s research on losing a mother to suicide.

In this seminar, Kelly Stewart invites us into the phenomenon of suicide running in families. We’ll explore the role of shame, stigma and silence in shaping how we (don’t) talk about suicide. In how we, perhaps, unknowingly reinforce the status quo of suicide running in families. We’ll think through the complexities of this phenomenon and our need to challenge well-rehearsed stories of suicide bereavement.