From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Keith Waters, Director of the Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Keith Waters has over 25 years of clinical experience in Liaison psychiatry over 30 years with self-harm and suicide prevention an area of special interest and approaching 40 years of NHS working. Was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship by Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust in 2013, is joint lead for the Derby site of the Multicentre Study of self-harm in England, Clinical director for self-harm and suicide prevention for the Trust and has a seat on the National Suicide Prevention Alliance steering group.

He has been the Regional Suicide Prevention manager then Clinical Advisor for Suicide Prevention with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network. He is also an experienced trainer, facilitator and presenter, including as consultant trainer for STORM Skills Training, having helped develop and deliver the SAPT (Suicide Awareness Partnership Training) program across the East Midlands; and as a Primary Trainer for Connecting with People. Keith is joint author on numerous published research works, chapters in clinical text books on self-harm and suicide prevention and has contributed to policy and practice guidance.
Almost from Harmlessness’ inception Keith has maintained a close, active and supportive contact with Harmless and holds in great admiration what they have and are achieving. Keith would like to add that chair today is a privilege for him and would like to extend thanks to harmless for the invitation and would also like to thank the delegates, workshop facilitators and speakers for devoting time for today.


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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