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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

Oct
08

Searching and Review Clinic

Online appointments via Microsoft Teams

COVID-19 update: As a result of the pandemic, all PenARC staff are currently working remotely. While...
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Oct
12

Making Sense of Care Homes...

Online

This workshop is aimed at researchers from across PenARC and Exeter University who are (or who are interested...
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News

Operational Research to help improve patients’ experience of mental health services in the South West

22 September 2020

Computer modelling is helping to develop a tool that supports decision-making for patients and clinicians...
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NIHR ARCs awarded £13.125 million to fund key national research priorities

08 September 2020

The National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs) have secured £13.125 million...
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Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

27 August 2020

More than 90 per cent of shoulder replacement implants last more than ten years, according...
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News

Research Projects

Modelling demand and capacity for NHS Trusts in the South West

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

A tool has been developed to support forecasting resource demand and staffing capacity in NHS...
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Research Projects