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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)

Engager

Public involvement in suicide prevention

Self-harm and Suicide in Schools

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

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

Upcoming Events

Jan
29

Seminar on Open Access by...

South Cloisters 3.06, St Luke’s campus with video conferencing link to MR8, John Bull Building, Plymouth and F083 in Truro

  A life with no Windows. A 12 month exploration into living in an Open Science...
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Feb
06

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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News

Partner In Focus - South West Academic Health Science Network

17 January 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Members of PenCHORD team makes switch to Open Source working

15 December 2017

Members of PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD, have been working towards transferring their work to Free Open Source Software (FOSS). Dr...
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Using Implementation Science to drive health care change: The ASPIC project

14 December 2017

Understanding how to put effective health care into practice is an important part of the...
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News

Research Projects

Parent-to-Parent Support Interventions for Parents of Babies Cared for in a Neonatal unit (PaReNt)

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence of parent to parent support interventions for...
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Improving the Experience of Care for People with Dementia in Hospital (ACEDEM)

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

Can we improve the experience of care for people with dementia in hospital? A synthesis...
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Research Projects