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Contact Conference 2014 – Suicide Prevention: What Works?

Contact Suicide Prevention, What Works? 4th International Conference took place on 10th and 11th November 2014, Titanic Centre, Belfast

Below are recordings of conference presentations from both days. Please click on play button to view:


Prof. Ed Coffey, CEO Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), Detroit, USA

‘Pursuing Perfect Depression Care: A Model for Eliminating Suicide and Transforming Mental Healthcare’


Kevin Hines, Suicide Attempt Survivor, Internationally Acclaimed Author and Wellbeing Advocate

Monday 10th November

Dr. Sally Spencer–Thomas

Everyone plays a role in suicide prevention’



Prof. Roy McClellend, Queens University Belfast

‘People at risk of self–harm or suicide within Northern Ireland’s Prisons – A review of Prison Reform’


Dr. Anne Cleary, University College Dublin

‘Suicide Prevention Focusing on Men’


Eduardo Vega MA, Executive Director Mental Health Association San Francisco Suicide, Stigma and Disruptive Innovators with Lived Experience of Suicide

‘10 Years Lifeline USA Policy Influencing’


Prof. Jo Smith

‘Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Service Development: Transferable Learning for International Suicide Prevention?’


Panel Discussion led by Dr. Sally Spencer–Thomas and Fergus Cumiskey – ‘Building a Suicide Prevention Movement – Turning Swords to Plough Shares’

Panel: Dr. Anne Cleary, Prof. Jo Smith & Eduardo Vega MA


Tuesday 11th November

Eduardo Vega MA & Dr Sally Spencer–Thomas

‘The USA Story – Service User, Attempt Survivor & Suicide Bereaved Families Ten Years of Suicide Prevention Policy Influence – Where to Next?’



Prof. Siobhan O’Neill

‘Lessons from the Analysis of Deaths by Suicide in Northern Ireland’



Dr Jamie Murphy 

‘Context is Everything – Re–evaluation Risk for Psychosis’


Prof.Siobhan O’Neill & Stephen Wilson

‘Suicide Means Restriction & Safer Messaging Campaigns for Suicide Reporting and Positive Mental Health Messaging’




Prof. Ed Coffey leads a panel discussion

Panel: Prof. Jo Smith, Eduardo Vega MA, Prof. Siobhan O’Neill, Stephen Wilson, Dr. Jamie Murphy & Dr Sally Spencer–Thomas