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Rory O'Connor on Suicide and Prevention

Rory O'Connor on Suicide and Prevention

By Gemma Styles

Welcome back to Series 3 of Good Influence!

This is the podcast where each week we'll meet a guest who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t. 

This episode features discussion of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Please listen with care and put your mental health first.

Information for if you are feeling suicidal

Click here for a list of International Suicide Hotlines

Information for people bereaved by suicide

Information for anyone worried about a loved one


This week we're talking about suicide and prevention, why we should face our fear of talking about suicide, how researchers seek to widen our understanding and how we can look to prevent suicide deaths.

Rory O'Connor is a highly experienced and respected voice in the field of suicide research. He's a Professor of Health Psychology, Director of the Suicidal Behavior Research Lab at the University of Glasgow and Head of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Group there. He's a President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and sits on the Science Council for the charity MQ Mental Health Research, as well as many, many other accolades.

If you want to learn more, here's where to find Rory and his recommendations: 


Twitter: @suicideresearch

Something to read: When It Is Darkest - Rory O'Connor

Something to watch: BBC's Life After Suicide

Something to listen to: Beth Rowley - Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground


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