Conversation, collaboration and inspiration at the One Is Too Many: Suicide Prevention conference

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Oral presentation of the findings of the OiTM project at the Armed Forces Covenant conference.

Dr Paul Watson, The Baton, spoke about the importance of working with families to better understand the journey to suicide. The Trust awarded a grant to the Baton, who worked with the Northern Hub, Northumbria University. The research completed by the team at the Northern Hub looked at understanding the journey to suicide through a narrative enquiry which took a whole family approach and also involved practitioners and stakeholders. Paul reminded us that “the prevention of suicide is bigger than just the families, it’s the stakeholders who have face to face contact, who write policy, who write law.”

One of the leading factors identified was family exclusion, families did not have a voice. Paul explained: “Families see everything. They see a lot more than they let on […] families need to be part of the assessment process because if they’re not we are missing a lot of information. They need a voice. “

The research was used to develop a toolkit for practitioners which they hope will help reduce suicide in the military community.
Period11 Oct 2023 → …
Held atArmed Forces Covenant Trust
Degree of RecognitionNational