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President's Lectures

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Forthcoming lectures


Prof Louis Appleby CBE

Professor Louis Appleby CBE: Things we know about suicide prevention but aren't true’

Date: 6 December 2017

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB

Audience: College Members, Specialist Associates, Affiliates, Fellows, Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainees, Trainees, Student Associates, Foundation Doctor Associates, and their guests.

How to reserve your place:

Invitation from the College President Professor Wendy Burn to attend a lecture ‘Things we know about suicide prevention but aren't true’ by Professor Louis Appleby CBE


As President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, I am delighted to announce that Professor Louis Appleby CBE will be giving a lecture entitled ‘Things we know about suicide prevention but aren't true’’ on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. A biography for Professor Louis Appleby CBE is below.

To reserve your place, please email Thomas Kennedy at by Friday 1 December 2017.

Lecture title: Things we know about suicide prevention but aren't true

Biography:  Professor Louis Appleby CBE

Louis Appleby is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester where he leads the Centre on Mental Health and Safety, investigating suicide, homicide and the risks from parental mental illness.  He is Director of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, a UK-wide study that aims to improve the safety of mental health care. 

From 2000-2010 he was National Director for Mental Health in England, playing a central role in reforming community care.  From 2010-2014 he was National Clinical Director for Health and Justice, leading the development of diversion services for offenders with mental health problems. 

He currently leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy and is a non-executive director on the Board of the Care Quality Commission.  He was awarded a CBE for services to medicine in 2006.

Lecture Synopsis

Suicide rates vary by country, within countries and over time, influenced strongly by economic and social factors. What therefore can clinicians do to prevent suicide? This lecture will cover evidence on suicide prevention by health services, especially in mental health, from individual clinical staff to organisations. It will examine suicide by middle-aged men, who have the highest risk, and by young people, who attract the greatest public concern. It will discuss what we mean by risk assessment, whether the answer is in talking, training or something else, and whether suicide ever happens out of the blue. It will ask: Are mental health services in crisis? Does the blame lie with social media? And have the public had enough of experts?


The lecture will begin at 6:30pm prompt and will be followed by a drinks reception.


Please note: there is a charge of £5 per place to attend this lecture, payable on the evening. Places are limited for this event and will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. To reserve your place, please email Thomas Kennedy at by Friday 1 December 2017.


I hope you will be able to join us for this enlightening and thought-provoking evening. 


Yours sincerely


Professor Wendy Burn



The Royal College of Psychiatrists


P.S.  Places are limited, so please do respond as soon as possible.



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