My doctoral research, looking at LGBT+ youth suicide in Scotland, was hugely important to me both personally and professionally. So when I completed the research last year I was commited to finding ways to communicate it to different audiences, and I was delighted when I was successfully awarded a small pot of funding to organise an event as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences. During the event I was able to share the research findings with service providers, practitioners and members of the community, and get their takes on the practicalities of implementing the suggestions made by participants.Continue reading “Staying Alive: Risk, Resistance and Responses to LGBT+ Youth Suicide in Scotland”
Pandemically Speaking (to the tune of Universally Speaking by RHCP): PhD during Pandemonium
The final year of a PhD is meant to be weird right? But not global pandemic weird…Continue reading “Pandemically Speaking (to the tune of Universally Speaking by RHCP): PhD during Pandemonium”
Please put your own mask on first, before helping others: taking care of suicide researcher’s mental health and wellbeing
As suicide researchers we inevitably think about suicide (virtually) every day. We spend our time reading, writing and thinking about the saddest and darkest times in other people’s, and sometimes our own, lives. We want to understand these experiences, we want to improve these difficult times, and we want to enhance the support available to mitigate these difficulties. We invest huge amounts of time and energy into considering the ethical complexities of designing and undertaking this research to safeguard the wellbeing of our participants and, when it’s done, we reflect on whether we have done enough and on what more we could do. It is fair to say that suicide research inevitably comes with a range of emotional demands.Continue reading “Please put your own mask on first, before helping others: taking care of suicide researcher’s mental health and wellbeing”
It’s good to talk? The power of talking about suicidal distress as a tool for suicide prevention.
“Ask twice” was the key take-away message from Roman Kemp’s documentary Our Silent Emergency aired on Tuesday night. The programme followed Kemp’s attempt to make sense of the suicide of his friend Joe, and later on in the programme his own mental health problems, by talking to others bereaved by suicide.Continue reading “It’s good to talk? The power of talking about suicidal distress as a tool for suicide prevention.”
The Wilds of Representing LGBTQ+ youth suicide.
Now I’m guessing the pandemic brought all of us more TV watching than ever before, as we attempted to keep the boredom at bay during the various phases of lockdown. Now, I don’t want to ruin anyone else’s boxset binges, so I have to say that there will be SPOILERS, don’t read on if you don’t want to read them.Continue reading “The Wilds of Representing LGBTQ+ youth suicide.”
Talking about suicide in 2020￼
The New Year is a time for reflection. As my work focuses on developing understandings of suicidal distress, in thinking back over 2020, I reflected on the increase in public conversations about mental health, and in particular on two specific conversations about suicide that I noticed during the past year.Continue reading “Talking about suicide in 2020￼”
“What do you think would reduce LGBT+ youth suicide in the future?”
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Yasmin: For LGBT+ young people specifically, just societally, if you have a feeling, especially when you’re young that you’re not going to be accepted and it’s going to be harder for you to sort of move through the world because of your identity, that brings a real feeling of hopelessness.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT happens every year on the 17th of May and provides an opportunity for people (LGBTI people and our allies) who feel able, to stand visibly against discrimination and harassment faced by LGBTI people.Continue reading “International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)”