Getting out and talking to folks!

June brought with it my first opportunity to talk about the Suicide in/as Politics project at a conference. Conferences provide such a wonderful opportuity to get feedback on works that are still on-going and help you to think differently about them, as well as being a bit of a faster …

What do you think about LGBTQ+ suicide prevention in the UK?

Suicide is a major public health concern, globally responsible for 700,000 deaths per year. Here in the UK, each of the four nations has created policies to try and prevent deaths by suicide, and suicide has become a regular topic in each of the parliament’s political debates.   In our research …

What do you think about suicide prevention in the UK?

As we enter a new phase with the Suicide in/as Politics project, we wanted to give a brief update on what we’ve done over the last year. Starting in December 2020 we had an idea of what we wanted to achieve but no idea at all about what we would …

Are you writing in your ‘phone voice’?

The Suicide in/as Politics project was designed to look at suicide in new creative, critical and political ways. We are currently writing our ethics application for some arts-based community workshops that will (hopefully!) be happening later this year. Whilst preparing for this part of the research, myself and my colleagues …

The Governmentality of Suicide: Understanding the importance of prediction within suicidology

This post is by Alex Oaten, the Lincoln based Research Associate on the Suicide in/as Politics project.  You can find out more about all the team on our People page! Our reading group recently met to discuss a 2020 article authored by Heidi Hjelmeland and Birthe Loa Knizek entitled ‘The emperor’s new clothes? A critical …

Analysing UK Suicide Prevention Policy: A Critical Policy Analysis 

This post is by Alex Oaten, the Lincoln based Research Associate on the Suicide in/as Politics project.  You can find out more about all the team on our People page! As part of our Leverhulme funded ‘Suicide in/as Politics’ project we have undertaken in-depth qualitative analysis of UK suicide prevention policies, which were produced between 2009-2019. Whilst suicide …

Representing LGBTQ+ youth suicide: The Wilds.

So I’m guessing 2020-21 brought all of us more TV watching than ever before, as we attempted to keep the boredom at bay during the various phases of lockdown. Now, I don’t want to ruin anyone else’s boxset binges, so I have to say that there will be SPOILERS, don’t …

The Qualities of Qualitative Suicide Research

As suicide research is dominated by quantitative studies (Hjelmeland and Knizek, 2010; Testoni, Vincenzo and Zamperini, 2021), whenever I come across a new qualitative paper in suicidology, it’s exciting! This is how I first felt when I came across “What Can We Learn From First-Person Narratives?” The Case of Nonfatal …

“The Two Okay Rule”: Conceptions of agency within suicide prevention 

This post is by Alex Oaten, the Lincoln based Research Associate on the Suicide in/as Politics project.   You can find out more about all the team on our People page! Roman Kemp’s recent BBC documentary exploring issues of mental health and suicide in young men has been widely praised and has led …

It’s good to talk? The power of talking about suicidal distress as a tool for suicide prevention.

Ask twice?  “Ask twice” was the key take-away message from Roman Kemp’s documentary Our Silent Emergency aired on Tuesday night. The programme followed Kemp’s attempt to make sense of the suicide of his friend Joe, and later on in the programme his own mental health problems, by talking to others bereaved by suicide. Throughout the programme silence was presented as …