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Published this November – a new collection from leading academics in suicide research

This November saw the publication of a new title in the Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare series. Edited by two of the world’s leading authorities, the collection brings together cutting-edge research on the increasingly major issue in the public health sector.

The consequences of suicide are far-reaching, having considerable social, economic, and emotional impact across the globe. General facts on suicide are now widely known. For instance, suicide is usually a young male act and is strongly linked with those suffering from mental disorders. Certain groups are also considered to be at a greater risk – alcoholics, migrants, the bereaved and prisoners.

Research and investigation into the causes of suicide has greatly increased in recent years. However, much of this research is highly specialized, meaning that it is difficult to obtain an understandable overview. To help make sense in the high output of research, this text brings together authoritative reference materials from across a broad field of study and research.

The collection is edited by two leading researchers in this area – Keith Hawton and Rory O’Connor. Both Hawton and O’Connor have built strong reputations in the field for their pioneering work research and methods.

Abouth the Editors:

Keith Hawton

Professor Keith Hawton is a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Also a Professor of Psychiatry at Oxford University, Hawton has over 35 years of work and research in the field, publishing a wealth of material on suicide and self harm throughout this time, as well as leading research into the prevention and treatment of suicide. This year, Professor Hawton received an award for lifetime achievement and outstanding contribution in research, treatment and teaching in the field of suicidology and suicide prevention.

Rory O’Connor

Rory O’Connor works as a Professor at the University of Stirling, as well as being an honorary Professor for the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham. Professor O’Connor leads the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory at the University of Stirling, which is the leading suicide and self harm group in Scotland with a reputation for producing high quality and innovative research.

To find out more about the collection, edited by leading academics in the field, visit: