Suicide Prevention in the UK, How We Learn and Grow

By October 26, 2018Events, Seminar

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Speaker: Dr. Sarah Bates

Date : Oct 30, 2018 (Tuesday)
Time : 15:00 – 16:00
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, The HKJC Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam.


There are around 6,000 deaths each year in the UK (rate of 10.1 per 100,000 in 2017), where 75% of all suicides are men. For each death, we believe around 135 people are affected (Cerel et al., 2017). This means around 800,000 people are affected by suicide in the UK each year.

The Support after Suicide Partnership is the UK’s national hub for organisations who support people bereaved or affected by suicide. We work to achieve the Vision that, “Everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered timely and appropriate support.”

We do this through working with the vast majority of suicide prevention organisations in the UK, to develop current support, increase the capacity of support in the UK, provide evidence for the need through research, and work with government to develop policy and practice. We also draw best practice from international work, and apply our learning to UK policy.

Throughout this talk, I will detail the current situation of suicide in the UK, our work, our priorities for suicide prevention and bereavement care, the appointment of the Minister for Suicide Prevention, the most up to date developments in attitudes to suicide in the UK, what we can learn from international efforts, and the future direction of suicide prevention.

About the speaker

Since taking up post in 2016, she has worked to raise awareness of the need for suicide bereavement support, increase the capacity of support, update and promote resources such as Help is at Hand and Finding the Words, and works tirelessly to drive change in the field of suicide prevention. Sarah is a Winston Churchill Fellow, and will be completing her Fellowship in Japan and Hong Kong in 2018. Sarah has a background in psychology (MA Hons) and neuroscience (PhD). With over 15 years’ experience of working with children and young people, she previously worked for Sistema Scotland, helping transform the lives of children through music. Sarah is a trained listener and has worked with organisations such as Nightline, Royal Hospital of Sick Kids and GirlGuiding UK.

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