Inspiring, humbling and insightful day at the 7th International Suicide Bereavement Conference, listening to lived experiences, research into contributing factors, safety planning, prevention and postvention – people sharing their stories and people dedicating careers and resources to improving awareness.

Presenters talked about the influence of defeat, humiliation and entrapment as well as previous exposure to suicide, peer influences, childhood trauma and the resulting impact on cortisol. A workshop on talking to people with autism about suicide and suicidal ideation rounded off a fascinating day. So much knowledge to take away to enhance the service offered to children and young people – those bereaved by suicide, currently experiencing suicidal thoughts and those at risk. As one presenter said “I don’t have statistics – I’d love conversations to be a route to prevention”. #SBUKconf18 #suicideawareness