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Our Encounters with Suicide, Edited by Grant, Haire, Biley, Stone

Our Encounters with Suicide 978 1 906254 62 9.

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East Midlands Self-Harm, Suicide Prevention And PostVention Conference

East Midlands
Self-harm, Suicide Prevention
& Postvention Conference
Friday 13th June 2014,
Jubilee Campus Nottingham University
“Could anything have been done to make a difference?” This is
not an uncommon question from those bereaved by suicide or
indeed from carers and relatives of someone who has selfharmed.
In partnership the East Midlands Self-harm and Suicide
Prevention Research Network (EM-SRN), Institute of Mental
Health/University of Nottingham Managed Innovation Network
(MIN) for School Age Suicide & Self Harm, the East Midlands
CLAHRC study E-DASH, Harmless, Samaritans and Derbyshire
Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are hosting a conference to
explore on-going clinical experiences and research within our
region around the areas of self-harm, suicide prevention and
bereavement by suicide.
Attendance costs £27.50 (includes refreshments & buffet lunch).


If you are
interested in attending, please register at:
For any further information, please contact Jenny Ness at:
jennifer.ness@derbyshcft.nhs.uk or on 01332 623700 ext. 33681

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The Challenges of Tackling Self-Harm and Suicide in School Age Children and Young People

The Challenges of Tackling Self-Harm and Suicide in School Age Children and Young People

Date(s)Friday 24th January 2014 (09:30-16:15)Contact
To register your place on this conference, please visit our online shop.
The cost is £20 (£12 for students), which includes lunch and refreshments.

The conference will be held in Business School South Building, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1BB and begins at 10.00 am with registration from 9.30 am.

The School of Education is holding a one-day conference in conjunction with The Institute of Mental Health and the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust.

This conference will offer a collaborative opportunity for participants to share knowledge about the challenges that face all of us when encountering suicide and suicidality in children and young people. The conference will be of value to health professionals, teachers, counsellors and colleagues working with looked after children.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Ella Arensen
Professor Arensen has been involved in numerous international research consortia including the WHO/Euro Multicentre study on Suicidal Behaviour, Child and Adolescent Self Harm (CASE), Network for International Collaboration on Evidence (NICE-SP), the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD), Optimised Suicide Prevention programmes and their Implementation in Europe (OSPI-Europe) and Preventing Depression and Increasing Awareness through Networking in the EU (PREDI-NU).

Professor Rory O’Connor
Professor O’Connor is involved in work with the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, Institute of Health & Wellbeing, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Mental Health & Wellbeing and the University of Glasgow.

Other speakers and participants:

Dr Nigel Chapman – former Notts Coroner
Dr Ellen Townsend – School of Psychology, University of Nottingham
Charley Baker – Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
Professor Nick Manning – Director of Institute of Mental Health
Maire Armstrong – CAMHS nurse consultant in self-harm
Dr Gary Winship – School of Education, University of Nottingham
Keith Waters – Honorary Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
Caroline Harroe – Harmless
The programme for the event is being finalised and you will be able to view it on this page as soon as available.



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Our Encounters With Suicide (PCCS Books) Edited by Grant, Haire, Biley, Stone



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Call For Papers – Our Encounters With Self Harm

Call for Papers – Our Encounters with Self Harm
Charley Baker BA MA, Francis C Biley RN PhD, Clare Shaw BA MA

CONTACT: charlotte.l.baker@nottingham.ac.uk

This book will form part of a series with PCCS books. The first of these books, ‘Our
Encounters with Madness‘, has received excellent reviews. Fran Biley is now working on
‘Our Encounters with Suicide‘. Both of these are collections of individuals’ own
testimonies and narratives – about the care they have received, about what works and
what doesn’t, about their life events and histories, and about how individuals
conceptualise issues which are commonly only referred to as ‘pathological’ or as a sign of
‘mental illness’. We have been contracted to develop a third book in this series, ‘Our
Encounters with Self Harm’.

Such a book is desperately needed for clinicians and students working with individuals
who self harm, across the spectrum of healthcare services, and will be invaluable not
only to individuals who may have direct personal experience of self-harm but also to
their families, carers and friends. Because of prevailing negative attitudes across a
spectrum of services, students and practitioners are alienated from self harm, treating it
as though it is a personal affront at times and at best with coldness.
A collection like this will, we hope, bridge the gap between professional and personal
knowledge and understanding. Self harm is often portrayed in clinical books and the
media as difficult to manage, involving high risk situations, as being carried out by
individuals who are manipulative or attention seeking, and as being particularly draining
on staff emotional and practical resources in healthcare settings. We do NOT believe this
to be the case, and such attitudes distract from the reality of human distress, suffering
and, crucially, survival which individuals who have or do harm themselves report.
In contrast to such negative mainstream approaches, this book will consist of a wide
selection of autobiographical stories, narratives, poetry and vignettes of varying length
and styles (rather than realist scientific or quasi-scientific accounts) illustrating the rich,
contextual lived experience of negotiating, struggling and surviving self harm.
We invite contributions from anyone who has experienced self harm, whether personally,
professionally or as a family member or friend. Contributions can be published under an
assumed or pseudonym and contact to Charley Baker will only be shared with the other
two editors, Francis Biley and Clare Shaw. In keeping with media guidelines on
publishing related to suicide, we amend these to consider the need to avoid
sensationalizing or glamorizing self harm; potentially avoiding specific details about
method (whenever relevant or triggering); we understand the importance of role
models; will take this opportunity to educate the public about myths and realities of self
harm; and provide information about help/support available for those who may request
it; we will consider the aftermath of self harm and the potential vulnerability of
contributors (after Pirkis et al (2006) Media guidelines on reporting suicide. Crisis, 27,
82-87). You may wish to contribute under one or some of the headings below:

– Strength and Survival
– Coping
– Recovery
– Harm Reduction Approaches
– Care and Treatment
– Significant others and their role
Educating others about self harm
– The Tricky Issue of Personality and its ‘Disorders’
Best Practice – the future of care
Submissions may take any creative form, such as poetry, biography, stories or short
works of fiction. They should be presented double-spaced, using ariel font size 12, with
wide margins and would be typically 500-3000 words, although there is no hard and fast
rule about word count. The submission should start with a title and your name (or
pseudonym if you would prefer) and email contact (that will not be included in the final
text). The main body of the text should be followed a short section on the lessons to be
learnt from your experience (what was good, or could have been better etc) and by a
short biography of 1-200 words. If you would like to discuss a potential contribution prior
to submission, please contact Charley Baker (email as above).

The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2012.

Thank you and kind regards
Charley, Fran and Clare


Call For Contributions – New Mental Health Text Book On Suicide


I’m co-editing a new mental health text book Our Encounters With Suicide to be published in 2013 by PCCS Books.

The proceeds will go to charity.

I am looking for contributions from those who have attempted suicide,  or been affected by the attempted suicide, or suicide of a loved one.

I need up to 3,000 words with an optional  100/200 word biography which can include an email address and I need these contributions by the end of September 2012


If you are interested in contributing to this book or would like to discuss  please contact me at judithhaire@sky.com


Thank you




Childhood Trauma As A Risk Factor for Psychosis

It is well documented that children who experience difficulties in childhood are at increased risk for various negative mental health outcomes. In the last decade many population based studies have suggested that childhood trauma is a risk factor for psychosis. The link is now well accepted. What do we mean by childhood trauma? Emotional abuse, physical abuse, general abuse, sexual abuse and physical neglect.

Possible pathways are the relationships between negative perception of the self and negative affect, and biological mechanisms such as dysregulated cortisol (a stress hormone) and increased sensitivity to stress. Psychotic patients with a history of childhood trauma tend to have post traumatic stress disorder, high levels of depression and anxiety and are responsible for more suicide attempts.

Children who have been abused are more likely to seek abusive partners as adults as they unconsciously repeat pattens of the past. They are likely to have very low self esteem and be non assertive.

Statistics show that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems; our children are at risk – nearly 12 million of them. That’s why it’s vital that the government provides adequate mental health services for children. Currently only half of all local authorities provide mental health services for children and this is due to government cuts. Recently the government pledged £22m for children’s mental health services but frankly this is a drop in the ocean. If we fail our children and do not protect their mental health we are looking at a ticking time bomb.

The greatest gift you can give to a child is to listen. Not medicate, label and ignore, but listen to what they have to tell you.

The government has to review its spending on children’s mental health or the consequences will be catastrophic.


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