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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)

Evaluation of a complex intervention (Engager) for prisoners with common mental health problems, near to and after release: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Upcoming Events

Sep
24

Searching and Review Clinic

South Cloisters 2.35, St Luke's 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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Sep
25

Making Sense of Evidence: One...

The Canalside, Bridgwater

PenCLAHRC Free One Day Workshop Making Sense of Evidence - discover how to use evidence to...
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Calendar

News

Research shows parental involvement plays key role in children's academic attainment

18 September 2019

New research has shown how parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic...
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Management Board Chair appointed at start of new era of Health Research in the Southwest

28 August 2019

Dr Barbara Vann has been appointed chair of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South...
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Job Opportunity: Senior Research Fellow PenARC

15 August 2019

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Research Fellow with expertise in qualitative...
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Research Projects

Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing in care homes (STOPPING)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care

We have been awarded funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop...
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SAMueL – Stroke Audit Machine Learning

Theme: PenCHORD

This study aims to develop a tool for doctors to help them review and improve...
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Research Projects