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Staff Profile

Professor Christabel Owens

Associate Professor of Public Mental Health

Kath Maguire

I am a social scientist, specialising in the study of suicide and its prevention. I am interested in the development and evaluation of community-based, as opposed to clinically-based, suicide prevention programmes and in supporting local authority public health teams to develop and implement effective local suicide prevention strategies.  Previous PenCLAHRC-supported work has been highly influential in informing national policy and local public health practice.
 
I work closely with public health teams at Devon County Council, Torbay Council and elsewhere in England, as well as with the voluntary sector. I have built strong partnerships with Samaritans, PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide), SANE, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and Harmless, and act as permanent scientific advisor to The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC).
 
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Contact by phone
01392 726006 or 07870 516255

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Mental Health, Qualitative research methods

Projects

TeenTEXT

Care for Offenders: Continuity Of Access (COCOA)

Public involvement in suicide prevention

Self-harm and Suicide in Schools

Engager

Publications

Mad, bad or heroic? Gender, identity and accountability in lay portrayals of suicide in late twentieth-century England

Public involvement in suicide prevention: understanding and strengthening lay responses to distress

Do different stakeholder groups share mental health research priorities? A four-arm Delphi study

Suicides in public places: findings from one English county

Interventions for self-harm: are we measuring outcomes in the most appropriate way?

Involving service users in intervention design: a participatory approach to developing a text-messaging intervention to reduce repetition of self-harm

Recognising and responding to a suicidal crisis within family and social network: qualitative study

Suicide communication events: Lay interpretation of the communication of suicidal ideation and intent

Interventions to reduce suicides at suicide hotspots: a systematic review

Utility of local suicide data for informing local and national suicide prevention strategies

Needs and fears of young people presenting at Accident & Emergency department following an act of self-harm: Secondary analysis of qualitative data

Building an online community to promote communication and collaborative learning between health professionals and young people who self-harm: an exploratory study

Preventing suicides in public places: a practice resource

Development and evaluation of a leaflet for concerned family members and friends: "It's safe to talk about suicide"

(COCOA) Care for Offenders Continuity of Access

Pathways to suicide attempts among male offenders: the role of agency

General practitioner contributions to achieving sustained healthcare for offenders: a quantitative study

Ethical practice in internet research involving vulnerable people: Lessons from a self-harm discussion forum study (SharpTalk)

Upcoming Events

May
01

PPI Advice Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters

Patient and Public Involvement Clinic What? These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC PPI Team manage and respond...
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May
15

Searching and Review Clinic

Room 2.35, South Cloisters, St Lukes Campus, University of Exeter

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Calendar

News

Improving health care pathways for patients with chronic conditions

05 April 2018

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Helen Lloyd, has spoken to the BBC about the impacts...
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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

29 March 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Does brain function really decline after hip and knee surgery?

28 March 2018

A new study due to launch in the South West aims to explore if brain...
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News

Research Projects

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning....
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What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...
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Research Projects