Discursive of Tunbridge Wells

Podcast: Theresa May’s speech, mental health, and suicide prevention.


Podcast: Theresa May’s speech, mental health, and suicide prevention.

John McGowan, Anne Cooke, Angela Gilchrist and Rachel Terry discuss  suicide prevention and mental health policy.

In this edition we focus on the Prime Minister’s speech making mental health policy and improved suicide prevention priorities for the UK Government.  We discuss a recent House of Commons Health Select Committee report on suicide prevention policy and the Department of Health’s updating of their Suicide Prevention Strategy (referenced in Theresa May’s speech). John also interviews Ian Marsh from our own University. Ian has written extensively about the way we treat suicide and the policy implications that result.

A transcript of this discussion is available here.

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Links to things we talked about on this show:

The text of the Prime Minister’s speech to the Charity Commission on the 9th of January 2017.



The updating of the Department of Health’s Suicide Prevention Strategy.



The original DOH Suicide Prevention Strategy from 2012.



Also the recent Health Select Committee report.



Anne and Ian’s blog post looking at the Health Select Committee report.



Detail of Ian’s book can be found here.



Two research projects by recent graduates from our training scheme. Both look at health staff working with the risk of suicide:

Nalletamby, Lucie (2015) The discursive construction of ‘suicide’ and the effects for clinical practice. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.



Crowley, Sarah (2015) Recognising and responding to suicide risk in a community mental health setting. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.



A recent paper from the British Journal of Psychiatry Bulletin considering the degree to which suicides can be predicted.



If you are feeling suicidal you can contact The Samaritans here.


We’d welcome your suggestions of further reading in the comments below.


Producer: John McGowan

Music: http://www.bensound.com/


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