Working Together to Prevent Suicide --What the World Can Learn from One Another on #WSPD: Interview with Professor Rory O'Connor | Episode 43
The World Health Organization has declared suicide prevention a global imperative. Every year World Suicide Prevention falls on September 10th. This year I interviewed Professor Rory O’Connor as he prepared for the 30th World Congress of Suicide Prevention in Derry, Northern Ireland.
About Professor Rory O’Connor
Rory O’Connor was “born to be a psychologist,” knowing at an early age he was fascinated with human behavior and emotions. Currently he is a Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glascow and the Director of Suicidal Behavior Research Laboratory. The personal impact he has experienced in losing people he cared about to suicide helps to fuel his passion for learning more about the experience of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. His Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behavior is well respected internationally.
Professor O’Connor is a global leader as the Past President of the International Academy for Suicide Research and the current Vice President for the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
About World Suicide Prevention Day and World Suicide Data
World Suicide Prevention Day https://www.iasp.info/wspd2019/
30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention https://www.iasp2019.com/
International Association of Suicide Prevention https://www.iasp.info
World Health OrganizationReport “Suicide Prevention: A Global Imperative” https://www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention/world_report_2014/en/
World Health Organization: Suicide Data https://www.who.int/health-topics/suicide
Work by Professor O’Connor
O'Connor, R.C., Kirtley, O.J. (2018). The Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 373: 20170268.
O'Connor, R.C., & Portzky, G. (2018). Looking to the future: A synthesis of new developments and challenges in suicide research and prevention. Frontiers in Psychology.
O’Connor, R.C., Lundy, J-M., Stewart, C., Smillie, S., McClelland, H., Syrett, S., Gavigan, M., McConnachie, A., Smith, M., Smith, D.J., Brown, G., Stanley B., & Simpson, S.A. (2019). Study Protocol for the SAFETEL randomised controlled feasibility trial of a Safety Planning Intervention with Follow-up Telephone Contact to Reduce Suicidal Behaviour. BMJ Open. 9 (2).
Suicide and the news and information media: A critical review (2018) https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/suicide-and-news-and-information-media-critical-review
Developing Social Media-Based Suicide Prevention Messages in Partnership With Young People: Exploratory Study (2017) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5647460/
Safer access to pesticides for suicide prevention: Experiences from community interventions (2016) https://www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention/pesticides_community_interventions/en/
Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic (2018) https://www.amazon.com/Guns-Suicide-American-Michael-Anestis/dp/0190675063
Safety planning guide: A quick guide for clinicians https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/safety-planning-guide-quick-guide-clinicians
Professor Allison Milner — honoring her life after her tragic death: https://www.9news.com.au/national/melbourne-news-allison-milner-killed-by-falling-tree-update/49c23aee-16c8-417a-a95d-36c44eb5bcea
@IASP2019 (World Congress)
@IASPInfo (International Association of Suicide Prevention)
@ SuicideResearch (Professor O’Connor’s handle)