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Essentials: Suicide Prevention and the Associated Risks and Preventive Factors

Monday 06th February 2023

Horizon Leeds, 3rd Floor, 2 Brewery Wharf, Kendall Street, Leeds, LS10 1JR

12:00pm Registration, 12:30pm Welcome and 4:30pm Close


In 2020 there were 4912 suicides registered in England, 285 in Wales 219 in Northern Ireland and 805 in Scotland. The general tendency seems to present males as more at risk, with those coming from the North-east and deprived areas showing the highest rates of suicide attempts. The reported risk factors and underlying causes of suicide appear to be psychological, financial, and sociological; with major crisis, difficult life events, physical or emotional abuse, loss of a loved one, drug and alcohol misuse, social isolation, mental health difficulties, predisposition to self-harm, puberty, bullying and cyber-bullying, as well as middle-age crisis, contributing to the risks of suicide and suicide attempts. Many victims had also been previously reported as missing persons. The support that individuals with suicide ideation receive appears to be somehow effective, however the success rate is related to the age and gender of the victim as well as other associated factors. On the other hand, the work done by charities to prevent suicide, is often reversed when victims of suicide seek help online, but instead other users encourage them to take their lives.

 Led by Dr Calli Tzani the talk will focus on suicide prevention strategies, will assist in identifying the risks and preventive factors related to suicide and suicide attempts, as well as increase awareness about suicide behaviour. The talk will also focus on how the online environment could pose a risk for individuals with suicide ideation.

 After attending this course delegates will be able to…

  • Understand the suicide risk and preventive factors
  • Understand suicide behaviour
  • Familiarise with suicide prevention measures