Communicating Self-harm and Suicide in Families

Midlands Arts Centre - Cannon Hill Park - B12 9QH
Saturday 2nd November 2019 (14:30-17:30)
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Suicide accounts for around 800,000 deaths globally per year. Given that self-harm is the strongest predictor for suicide completion, supporting families dealing with these issues is incredibly important.

Hosted by Jess Williams, Margaret Hardiman, Lucy Licence

You are warmly invited to join us at our ESRC funded event looking at the communication of self-harm and suicide in families. This event will comprise of a participatory arts-based activity and a panel discussion. We hope to help explore ways in which individuals struggling with self-harm and suicidal thoughts or behaviour can better communicate within their family, and for families to reflect on how to support individuals who self-harm or are suicidal.

The arts-based activity will provide the opportunity to explore communicating in a non-verbal, creative medium about experiences of self-harm and suicide. The panel discussion will include representatives from invited charities and organisations, academics and researchers, as well individuals with lived experience of self-harm and suicide. As well as families, this event might be of particular interest to individuals with lived experience, individuals who have experienced self-harm or suicide within the family, practitioners or third sector employees who work with individuals who self-harm, and researchers interested in expanding their understanding of the role of communication in self-harm and suicide.

As part of the wider event, a Q&A session will be conducted in collaboration with researchers, charity representatives and a young person with lived experience.

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