Durham University and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis (JSIGP) is open to all staff working in either the Trust or University.  However, it will be of particular interest to those staff working in ‘psychosis services’ or who are involved in research within the field. A warm welcome is also extended to any service users who would like to attend. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of topics and speakers.

The next meeting, featuring a presentation by Dr Outi Benson (Honorary University Fellow, University of Exeter Medical School) on ‘Lay accounts of suicide: How do people with psychosis develop suicidal feelings?’, will be held on Wednesday February 26th 2014 from 5.30 – 7PM in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University (30 on this map).

Between January 2005 and January 2014, Outi Benson was the Research Manager at the mental health charity SANE.  She is currently an Honorary University Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Abstract: “Drawing on a five-year qualitative research programme carried out at the mental health charity SANE, I will sketch a model of how suicidal feelings and behaviours arise from the experience of psychotic and other mental disorder. As well as the data we collected, I will use two famous published accounts of the experience of psychosis, that of Elyn Saks and that of Lori Schiller, to illustrate the three themes we found central to lay explanations of suicidality: ‘Lack of inherent worth/loss of worth’, ‘lack of trust/loss of trust’ and ‘suicidal exhaustion’. I will finish the talk with a brief discussion of the feeling of being suicidal.”

Places are limited for this event.  For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Victoria Patton.

Service users and their families and friends who attend meetings of the Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis can receive an honorarium of £20 plus travelling expenses.  For more information and to obtain the relevant claim forms, please contact Valentina Short.

If you would like to receive information about future JSIGP meetings via email, please sign up to the JSIGP mailing list.

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