This page gives an overview of the talks and events that I’ve done over time. I get quite nervous about public speaking, so I try to do as much of it as possible to try and improve my comfort and confidence. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic many of the speaking opportunities I had signed up for (for example the CRFR Conference and the Critical Suicidology Conference) were cancelled. But, I hope that you can still see how much I’ve worked on my public speaking over time! I will also use this page to show up-coming events that you might like to join!
Homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and beyond: enhancing understandings of LGBTQ+ suicide and suicide prevention
In November 2022 I gave this talk as part of the Manchester Self-Harm projects’s Virtual Clinic. These seminars are primarily focuss on enabling clinical professionals to provide excellent care for people who self-harm. My talk aimed to help professionals understand the specific challenges faced by LGBTQ+ people which might contribute to distress, which then can be responded to through self-harm.
The politics and policies preventing LGBT+ suicide in the UK: risk, responsibility and rhetoric.
In June 2022 I gave my first conference presentation on the Suicide in/as Politics at the University of Glasgow’s Early and Mid-career Researchers in Suicide and Self-harm Forum. I presented on our analysis of representations of LGBTQ+ suicide and suicide prevention in the UK’s suicide prevention policies and parliamentary debates 2009-2019. Conferences provide such a wonderful opportuity to get feedback on works that are still on-going and help you to think differently about them, as well as being a bit of a faster way to get feedback than academic publishing. So it was brilliant to be able to share our work in progress! A recording of the talk is available below:
“Once I step over the threshold….”: making sense of LGBT+ youth suicide.
I was invited to give a seminar as part of the Suicide Cultures seminar series. In this talk, I will qualitatively explored how LGBT+ young people make sense of suicidal distress, calling into question the established ‘neatness’ of language used to describe suicide. To do so, I considered the ways that barrier to accessing support services shape the articulation of suicidal distress, and explore the multiple ways in which suicide can be understood both as resistance and as response.
Who’s Here? Who’s Queer?: Making space for Queer ECRs in Academia
Along with my colleague Rhi/Harvey Humphrey, I was successfully awarded a small pot of funding to organise an online event for queer early career researchers. This event combined structured digital networking, short talks from two esteemed academics (Prof Yvette Taylor and Dr Ruth Pearce), with creative arts activities – a poetry activity and cardboard art (run by myself and Rhi/Harvey). It was attended by 30 queer scholars and will be continued informally in the coming months.
Staying Alive: risk, resistance and responses to LGBT+ youth suicide in Scotland – 24th November 2021
I was successfully awarded a small pot of funding to organise a public engagement event as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences. During the event I shared the findings from my doctoral research, which in the second half of the event we discussed in small groups supported by a team of fantastic facilitators. I was delighted at the interest that we had for this event with 56 people attending and 54 people on the waiting list. A report detailing an overview of both the research and the event can find it here:
Webinar – Role of stigma, discrimination & harassment as contributors to suicidal distress amongst LGBT+ youth – 12th November 2021
I was invited to lead a 50minute session as part of a professionally accreddited webinar aimed at psychiatry, counselling, and psychotherapy professionals working with young people who self-harm or feel suicidal organised by Ireland’s National Office for Suicide Prevention.
TRIUMPH Early Career Researchers Forum – 23rd and 24th September 2021
I had originally submitted an abstract for this forum back in 2020 but then the pandemic hit and it had to be re-scheduled! My talk was entitled “I think any type of gay person is, you know, taught shame”: understanding LGBT+ youth suicide in Scotland. The parrallel sessions were not recorded for the event, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to present, and in particular this event put me in touch with other people working on LGBT+ mental health and wellbeing which is an opportunity I always welcome!
Webinar – Understanding and preventing youth suicide: transdisciplinary perspectives – 16th September 2021
British Sociological Association’s MedSoc Month – Opening Discussion “Thinking Through Feeling: embodied emotions in the study of self-harm and suicide” with Veronica Heney and Amy Chandler – 2nd September 2021.
This was a collaborative talk to open the British Sociological Association’s MedSoc Month. Unfortunately as the talk was part of the BSA MedSoc conference event, although it was videoed it can only be watched by those who attended the conference (if you did attend the conference and would like to watch, you can access our talk here). But, if you didn’t we wrote a brief overview of our work on an open access blogging space, which you can read here (spoiler alert… there are poems!).