Suicide and National Crisis: Workshop 2019



Drawing on historical and contemporary perspectives, this workshop, taking place from 12.15-18.00 on March 27, will address the social, psychological and political fallout from the ongoing and accelerating crisis related to Brexit and austerity politics more broadly, amidst growing concern about national and individual mental health, and a spike in suicides related to our socio-political circumstances.

The workshop will be an opportunity to reflect on the key findings and the core research questions raised by Julie Gottlieb’s Wellcome Trust Seed-funded project ‘Suicide, Society and Crisis’. It will also provide the opportunity to reflect on ways to address the implications of these pressing and salient issues through attention to public policy.

We particularly encourage the involvement of PhD students and ECRs, for whom there will be a travel budget to contribute to expenses within the UK.

You can register to attend the workshop via our Eventbrite page.


The provisional timetable for the afternoon is as follows:

12.15-13.15: Arrivals and Lunch

13.15-14.30: Panel 1

Hannah Parker, Stephanie Wright, Ryosuke Yokoe (all University of Sheffield): Introductory Remarks

Julie Gottlieb (University of Sheffield): The ‘War of Nerves’ and the war-fear triggered suicides in Britain, 1938-39

Kate McAllister (University of Sheffield): ‘Parity, Policy, and the Past: using history in current health policy development.’

14.45-16.00: Panel 2

Jon Coburn (University of Newcastle): Suicide, Protest, and Civilian Mental Health during the Vietnam War

Sarah Waters (University of Leeds): Work suicides. Reflections on a rising international phenomenon

Simon Walker (University of Strathclyde): Discovering the Hidden Narratives on British Soldiers Suicides in the First World War.

16.15-18.00: Roundtable

Chris Millard (University of Sheffield)

Kate McAllister (University of Sheffield)

China Mills (City, University of London)

Julie Gottlieb (University of Sheffield)

Kevin Yuill (University of Sunderland)

18.00: Close – Drinks at the Bath Hotel