About this event

  • Date and time Sat 20 Oct 2018 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine

This meeting will address aspects of self-harm and suicide that will be of interest to various forensic practitioners.

Delegates will get to explore many aspects and contexts of self-harm and suicide risk, such as in custodial settings, changes in prevalence, differences across cultures, and self-harm in particular populations: victims of sexual assaults and in students and doctors.

Hear experiences and Coroner views when faced with a cluster of suicides in a specific area, and the effects on relatives by these tragedies.

Delegates will also examine how the internet plays a role in producing contagion in populations and how this can be combated.

Although the meeting features experts in this field, it is designed to provide ample space for questions and discussion so that participants have the opportunity to tailor this to their own areas of interest. It is held under the Chatham House Rule to promote this.

Topics include:

  • The Coroner’s experience in dealing with a cluster of suicides, related in time and geography
  • Experiences of relatives dealing with these tragic events will be outlined
  • The evidence regarding how to assess and manage risks of suicide and self-harm in custodial settings, especially the police station
  • The effects of the internet and peer groups in clusters of self-harm and suicide, how this has changed over time, and how it might be managed
  • The issues around doctors and suicide and how this group can be best supported
  • The links between sexual violence and self-harm, and how to manage this when it arises, in acute and longer-term settings
  • Changes in the prevalence of self-harm and suicide across time and between cultures will be described and possible explanations considered


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Christopher Clark, President, Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Assessment and acute management of self-harm in custody

Dr Eve Hepburn, Forensic Psychologist, Health Directorate, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Professor Karen Slade, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

Self-harm and sexual abuse

Dr Reem Shafiq, Counselling Psychologist and Dr Rachel Falk, Clinical Psychologist, The Havens, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

A brief history of self-harm

Dr Chris Millard, Lecturer in the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities, University of Sheffield

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Suicide in Doctors

Dr Antony Garelick, Director, DocHealth

Self-harm and the internet

Ms Julie Lynn Evans, Leading Child Psychotherapist

Panel discussion

Optional law tutorial workshop available in Wimpole room 1 and 2

Suicide and the coroner

Dr Fiona Wilcox, Senior Coroner, Westminster Coroner's Court

Suicide in the family

Ms Ann Culley, Chair, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

The zero suicide movement

Mr Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Close of meeting and prize giving


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom