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Paddy Bazeley

is one of the founders and Shift Leaders of Maytree, a non-medical sanctuary for people in suicidal crisis. The centre's approach is to provide a homely setting for safe exploration of thoughts and feelings with empathic listeners. Her understanding of suicidal people has developed during her 8 years at Maytree and prior to that, over 25 years working at the Samaritans.


Sarah_BrandDr Sarah Brand

was a member the SANE research team from January 2010 until May 2012. Sarah completed a PhD in Cognitive Psychology at UCL in 2007 and has also worked as a Research Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and a Post-doctoral Researcher at Melbourne University. Sarah is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School working on projects relating to health and wellbeing and the environment. Sarah remains an active member of the advisory group.


Hamish_ElvidgeHamish Elvidge

Hamish Elvidge had a 30 year career at J Sainsbury PLC and now works in the charity sector. His third son, Matthew, took his own life, aged 23, in September 2009, after a very short period of depression and, as a result, the family set up The Matthew Elvidge Trust, which aims to raise awareness of depression and the importance of good mental health and resilience amongst students in schools and universities. The Trust is an advisor to the Government on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy and co-chair of The Alliance of Suicide Charities (TASC).


Sophia_GillSophia Gill

has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of self-harm. In her younger years she often experienced suicidal feelings and attempted suicide. She has written about her experiences and has set up an Internet support group for people who self-harm.


Professor_Keith_HawtonProfessor Keith Hawton

is a Consultant Psychiatrist with Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust, a Professor of Psychiatry at Oxford University, and the Director of the Oxford University Centre for Suicide Research. He has been working in the field of research into suicide and deliberate self-harm for more than 30 years. His work has resulted in over 400 publications. He has written and edited several books, including:

The International Handbook of Suicide and Attempted Suicide
Prevention and Treatment of Suicidal Behaviour: From Science to Practice
By Their Own Young Hand: Deliberate Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideas in Adolescents


Clare_Milford_HavenClare Milford Haven

is an editor at Tatler magazine and an accomplished polo player. She lost her 21-year-old son James to suicide in 2006 and has since then been campaigning to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide among young people. Together with James' father, Nicholas Wentworth-Stanley, they formed The James Wentworth Stanley Memorial Fund. In addition to Clare advising this research project as a bereaved parent, their trust has contributed to this research financially.


Dr Christabel Owens

is Head of Research for Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Peninsula Medical School. She leads the work on suicide and self-harm, focusing on suicide among those who are not in contact with mental health services; lay interpretation and management of mental distress and help-seeking at times of crisis. She specialises in qualitative methods and has pioneered the use of qualitative techniques to analyse data from psychological autopsy studies. She presents regularly at national and international conferences in the fields of suicide, public health and medical sociology. She maintains close links with a number of lay and voluntary groups concerned with suicide prevention and aftercare. Dr Owens also researches service user and carer involvement in mental health care. She is committed to supporting user and carer-led research and is currently part of a service user-led team investigating the care planning process.


Lucian_RandallLucian Randall

Lucian Randall is a writer and editor. His books include a biography of reclusive satirist Chris Morris (Disgusting Bliss, Simon & Schuster, 2010). He has volunteered on SANEline since 2010. He became interested in working with SANE after a friend killed herself following some months struggling with depression.


Professor_Mark_WilliamsAlso advising are...

Professor Mark Williams

is a Professor of Psychiatry at Oxford University and leads a research group at the Oxford University Centre for Suicide Research. He is currently investigating psychological mechanisms in suicidal behaviour, and his team is carrying out trials on a new treatment for suicidal depression: mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). He is the author of:

Suicide and Attempted Suicide
The Mindful Way Through Depression.


Professor_Matthew_ratcliffProfessor Matthew Ratcliffe

is a Professor and Head of Department in the Department of Philosophy at University of Durham. He is a principal investigator on two current AHRC-funded projects: 'Emotions and Feelings in Psychiatric Illness' and 'Emotional Experience in Depression: A Philosophical Study . He has published extensively in phenomenology, philosophy of psychology and philosophy of psychiatry. You can access his website here.