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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

Self-harm and Suicide in Schools

Public involvement in suicide prevention

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

Sep
06

Making Sense of Health Research...

Room 1.24 South Cloisters - University of Exeter - St Lukes Campus

An introduction to making sense of evidence Introduction to Making Sense of Evidence During this talk a...
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Sep
08

Frailty: Recent clinical advances and...

South Cloisters 3.06 (St Lukes Campus - University of Exeter)

PenCLAHRC/Complex Intervention Research Group Seminar Frailty: Recent clinical advances and next steps for research Friday 8th September...
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News

PenCLAHRC's take on social prescribing in BMJ Opinion

19 July 2017

Social prescribing has the potential to address many of the factors that perpetuate illness, decrease...
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Results of GREAT trial released at Alzheimers Association International Conference 2017

19 July 2017

A large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, presented at the international Alzheimer’s Association...
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New guide launched to measure and improve patient care

12 July 2017

  It is widely acknowledged that care provided by the NHS and other services should be...
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News

Research Projects

Public involvement in suicide prevention

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A research programme examining a public health intervention designed to help members of the public...
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PenCHORD: Modelling the optimal size of Derriford Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

Providing modelling evidence of the optimal size for an expanded Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) at...
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Research Projects