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Tuesday 26 March 2019
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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This conference aimed to highlight why partnership working across communities, healthcare services, the voluntary sector and with individuals is fundamental to suicide prevention. In addition to mental illness, psychological and social determinants such as family, community support and resilience, which have all been associated with suicide. Keynote speakers addressed the importance of such precipitants and protective factors in relation to suicide preventative strategies.

Self-harm behaviours are also an indication of increased risk for suicide. This conference provided an insight in to the relationship between self-harm and suicide. It also explored how research produced from the Multicentre Study of Self-Harm in England is used to inform National approaches best placed to address the factors underlying suicidal thoughts and behaviours.



Professor Rory O’Connor - Director, Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, University of Glasgow

Professor Nav Kapur – Head of Research, Centre for Suicide Prevention, University of Manchester

Professor Keith Hawton - Director, Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford

Professor Ellen Townsend – Self-Harm Research Group (SHRG), University of Nottingham

Helen Garnham – National Programme Manager for Public Mental Health, Public Health England

Dr Alan Johnston - Consultant & Suicide Prevention Strategy Chair, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Michael Noon -  Operations Manager, Chesterfield FC Community Trust

Dr Sohrab Panday - GP & Mental Health Clinical Specialist, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Rachael Spencer - Company Ambassador, East Midlands Trains

Derbyshire Forum – Speakers from Harmless, General Practitioner, Derby Council, Samaritans & Derbyshire Rural Action.



Key Themes:

  • Theoretical models underpinning prevention
  • National Suicide Prevention Strategy in practise
  • Evidence informing interventions
  • Innovative partnerships and use of data
  • Broad range of perspectives 



  • Preventing Suicides with Network Rail
  • Suicide Awareness for GPs
  • World Suicide Prevention Day
  • Local Data Surveillance


Comments from the day:


  • "Important references to suicide prevention and building a positive and open culture at @prideparkderby#WTSP18" - Delegate 


  •  "Great to hear from @HSGarnham about National Suicide Prevention Strategy #WTSP18 Vital for local authorities to have one." - Speaker


  •  "Excellent workshop by GP Dr Panday around training in general practice around suicide awareness. It’s not just for the doctors. #WTSP18" – Delegate


  •  "What a privilege to have been a part of such a fascinating and informative #WTSP18 Huge thanks to the organisers for such a great opportunity for professionals to come together and showcase their good work." –Speaker


  • “In a room of people very used to discussing suicide prevention… not once is the hugely distressing impact of suicide forgotten" - Delegate 





The Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention research are unable to provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis. If you are in crisis or feeling suicidal we urge you to seek help from your general practitioner, through a telephone helpline service such as Samaritans (UK telephone number 116 123 FREE from mobile/landline), or by discussing your problems with a friend or colleague. Befrienders Worldwide offers a comprehensive directory of crisis helplines worldwide. We are also not able to discuss individual cases.