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Understanding suicidal behaviour. Great Minds Lecture by Prof Rory O'Connor

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The University of Melbourne

Redmond Barry Building

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The Mental Health PhD Program is delighted to announce its 4th Great Minds Lecture:

Understanding Suicidal Behaviour by Prof Rory O'Connor

Understanding suicidal behaviour
Suicide and self-harm are major public health concerns with complex aetiologies which encompass a multifaceted array of risk and protective factors. There is growing recognition that we need to move beyond psychiatric categories to further our understanding of the pathways to both. Recent approaches have conceptualised suicide as a behaviour, therefore an appreciation of the psychology of the suicidal mind is central to suicide prevention. Another key challenge is that our understanding of the factors that determine behavioural enaction (i.e., which individuals with suicidal thoughts will act on these thoughts) is limited. Although a comprehensive understanding of these determinants requires an appreciation of biological, psychological and social perspectives in this talk Professor O' Connor will specifically focus on the psychological and social determinants of suicidal behaviour. To address these issues, he will describe the Integrated Motivational–Volitional (IMV) Model of Suicidal Behaviour (O’Connor, 2011; O’Connor & Kirtley, 2018) which derives from health, social and clinical psychological theory. This tripartite model maps the relationship between background factors and trigger events, and the development of suicidal ideation/intent through to suicidal behaviour. He will present a selection of clinical, experimental and intervention studies to illustrate how psychological factors increase suicide risk and what can be done to ameliorate such risk. The implications for the prevention of suicide will also be discussed.

Professor O'Connor is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research and a current Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Rory leads the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (Web: www.suicideresearch.info; Twitter:@suicideresearch) at Glasgow, one of the leading suicide/self-harm research groups in the UK and also leads the Mental Health & Wellbeing Research Group. He has published extensively in the field of suicide and self-harm, specifically concerning the psychological processes which precipitate suicidal behaviour and self-harm. In addition, he is author of Understanding Suicidal Behaviour (with Noel Sheehy), co-editor of The Routledge Major Works Series on Suicide (with Keith Hawton) and of the International Handbook of Suicide Prevention (2nd edition with Jane Pirkis).

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Tuesday 20th of November 2018
4pm till 5pm
Latham Theatre - Redmond Barry Building

This lecture is open to everyone who is interested and we hope to see many of you there!

With warm regards,

Dr Marjolein Kammers (please send any questions about this lecture to marjolein.kammers@unimelb.edu.au)
Coordinator of the Mental Health PhD Program

Prof Nick Haslam
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Prof Jane Pirkis
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Prof Bernhard Baune
Department of Psychiatry

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