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University of Strathclyde’s next online School of Social Work and Social Policy Seminar will take place on 13th October, 12-1pm, it will be chaired by Professor Barbara Fawcett. In this seminar, Professor Trish Hafford-Letchfield shares her recent research into ‘Thinking About Suicide in Later Life’.


The importance of suicide prevention and intervention for people in later life is an increasing challenge for public health. Compared to other age groups, older people are more likely to be overlooked in suicide prevention. This presentation shares our recent work. This includes the development of a conceptual framework to articulate the ‘grey areas’ of suicide ideation and behaviour in later life and findings from an empirical study. The latter explored the concept of ‘giving up’ or passive suicide ideation and behaviour, from the perspective of care staff working in care homes, and their everyday communication and hidden knowledge concerning what they think about this taboo topic and the context it reflects. There are implications for developing more skilled, nuanced and detailed screening and assessment and for improved training and support to achieve a more holistic strategy which capitalises on significant relationships within a wider context.

About Trish Hafford-Letchfield:

Trish Hafford-Letchfield is Professor of Social Work and Head of School for Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. She has a Doctorate in Educational Gerontology and was previously Professor of Social Care at Middlesex University, London.  Trish’s research interests are in the experience of people using care service from marginalised communities.  She has over a 100 publications in the area of LGBT+; sex and ageing; suicide prevention in later life; social work pedagogies specifically arts based pedagogies and co-production; leadership,  management and organisational development. 

How to join the seminar:


Event Date 13-10-2021 12:00 pm
Event End Date 13-11-2021 1:00 pm
Individual Price Free