From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Dr Alys Cole-King
Dr Alys Cole-King is the first person from the UK to be awarded the Ringel Service Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention. She was named one of the most influential women in medicine by the Medical Women’s Journal and has been profiled in the Guardian, Lancet and the Psychiatrist in recognition of work with policy makers, medical royal colleges, people with lived experience, voluntary bodies and academics. Alys Cole-King is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist who maintains a clinical and public health role within the NHS. She promotes the need for compassion, collaboration, improved governance and promotes a common language to ensure an improved and more integrated response to people at risk of suicide. A contributor to the All Party Parliamentary
Group for Suicide and Self harm Prevention, Alys is also on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Mental Health Training Advisory Group, and has contributed to their curriculum. Alys has led the development of the Connecting with People Programme and the Suicide Assessment Framework E-Tool (SAFETool). This approach is based on more than 25 years clinical experience, a thorough review of published evidence and a full time research project using psychological autopsy technique to investigate factors relating to episodes of self harm or suicide attempts in patients under the care of mental health teams. Alys led the development of, 4Mental Health’s innovative free digital solution to share compassion, hope and equip people to make a Safety Plan.
Alys is a primary author of a numerous papers, book chapters, webinars, podcasts, blogs and self-help resources on suicide and self-harm prevention, Alys has also contributed to the RCGP e-learning module on suicide prevention, is updating the BMJ Best Practice module on suicide and delivered a BMJ Masterclass Webinar on suicide mitigation. Alys is a reviewer for several journals and sits on the international Expert Reference group advising Griffiths University academics, a WHO Collaborating Centre on responding to professionals who have experienced the suicide of a patient. Alys works with the media (film, radio and newspapers) to ensure a safe and compassionate public health message of suicide prevention.
As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:
Collaborative partnership
Service user representation
Effective practice
Driving change
Overcoming stigma and discrimination
Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide.
This years theme is: Our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes.

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