‘We shouldn’t dismiss teenage distress as transient or trivial’ by @ProfLAppleby

Connect, communicate and care on World Suicide Prevention Day

Professor Louis Appleby, 9 September 2016 — Events, Mental health, Safeguarding

“I have met many parents who have lost a child to suicide,” explains Louis Appleby, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group. “They are looking for explanations, they often want to help protect other young people, they are dealing with profound distress and sometimes anger or guilt. They use the same word to encapsulate their feelings: devastated.” 

Read Professor Appleby’s Blog via the Department of Health: here 

Professor Appleby’s research group has published the first findings from a national study of teenage suicide. Read the report: here 

World Suicide Prevention Day and our response to self harm

‘To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, Professor Appleby asks if the tide could finally be turning on how we respond to self-harm’.

Read Professor Louis Appleby, 10 September 2015: World Suicide Prevention Day and our response to self harm

Suicide by children and young people in England

Ten common themes in suicide by children and young people:

Mental illness, substance misuse, and domestic violence in family members.

Physical, emotional or sexual abuse, and neglect.

Bereavement and experience of suicide in family or a friend.

Bullying, both face to face and online.

Suicide-related internet use.

Academic pressures, especially related to exams.

Social isolation or withdrawal.

Physical health conditions that are longstanding or have social impact e.g. acne and asthma.

Excessive use of alcohol and illicit drug use.

Mental ill health, self-harm and suicidal ideas.

Read the research report: here

More publications

We Have a National Difficulty in Talking About Suicide – But Talking About It Is the First Step to Helping

FAQ for Supporting Relatives.

Depression and Suicide — Breaking the Link

Facts about suicide

Grief Speaks

76% Of UK Suicides Are Male – Why?

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