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 …

World Suicide Prevention Day – The Politics of Hope

This blog was authored by the whole Suicide in/as Politics team: Amy Chandler, Ana Jordan, Hazel Marzetti, and Alex Oaten. Today it is World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September), which has been held since 2003. Each year has a theme, which has evolved from the 2003 ‘Suicide can be prevented!’ …

“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 …