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Dealing with Suicide KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE SEMINAR SERIES Dealing with suicide: how does research help? 11 th April 2013 Mike Tomlinson Queen’s University.

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1 Dealing with Suicide KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE SEMINAR SERIES Dealing with suicide: how does research help? 11 th April 2013 Mike Tomlinson Queen’s University Belfast 1

2 Dealing with Suicide 2 N. Ireland suicide rates per 100,000 population

3 Dealing with Suicide 3

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6 Dealing with Suicide 6 Male suicide rates (3yr rolling averages), 1998=100

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8 8 Share of suicides by age Males Females

9 Dealing with Suicide 9 Suicide rates, Westminster constituencies and

10 Dealing with Suicide 10

11 Dealing with Suicide 11 Suicide rates, Westminster constituencies,

12 Dealing with Suicide 12 Suicide rates, Westminster constituencies,

13 Dealing with Suicide 13 Explanations: 1.Changes in reporting and recording 2.Changes in mental illness and/or service provision 3.Changes in behaviour change: alcohol and drugs 4.Changes in protective factors: religion, family life and normative expectations 5.Economic change: recession and unemployment 6.Legacy of conflict

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15 Dealing with Suicide

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17 Dealing with Suicide 17 Implications of suicide as legacy of conflict : 1.Alter perspectives on prevention 2.Adjust identification of at-risk individuals, groups and communities 3.Improve data analysis and sociological autopsy to sharpen understanding of risk and the disconnect between services and those in need 4.Inform ongoing suicide awareness training among gatekeepers of services and resources 5.Change focus of public health strategies to address mass medication in middle and older age groups


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