We shouldn’t dismiss teenage distress as transient or trivial: my blog on suicide by young people for #WSPD16. https://t.co/ulGrxerYfZ
— louis appleby (@ProfLAppleby) 9 September 2016
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
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