A population health perspective on recent influences on suicide: the global financial crisis, the Internet and new methods of suicide

Presentation by Professor David Gunnell

About the lecture:
Two important influences on trends in national suicide rates are periods of economic recession and
changes in access to, and use of, high-lethality methods of suicide. Focusing on recent research
carried out by researchers from Bristol UK, this talk will describe a) the impact of the recent economic
recession on suicide in the UK and worldwide and b) the rise in use of new methods of suicide by
gassing in East Asia and England and the possible role of media reporting and the Internet in
propagating use of these methods.

David Gunnell is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol (UK) School of Social and
Community Medicine. He is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator, a
Member of the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group for England and contributed to WHO’s
2014 Preventing Suicide Report. He was awarded the 2015 American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention’s Research Award and the 2015 International Association for Suicide Prevention's Stengel
Research Award.

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Wed, 12/08/2015 - 4:00pm
Black Dog Institute
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