World Changing Glasgow Conversations

Mental health & suicide prevention

Trigger warning: discussions of suicide

While public health measures, such as lockdown, have been necessary to protect the general population, the effects of COVID-19 on the population's mental health and wellbeing are likely to be profound and long-lasting. Investigating the trajectory of mental health and wellbeing is crucial to giving us a better understanding of the challenges people face. However mental health and wellbeing challenges are not exclusive to the pandemic.

In the latest in our series of World Changing Glasgow: Conversations, we brought together an expert panel to share how mental health and wellbeing, and in particular suicide prevention, is everyone's business and how we can work together to ensure that no one has to face these things alone.

The expert panel is led by Professor Rory O'Connor, Professor of Health Psychology from the University's Institute of Health & Wellbeing and President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). Joining Rory is Billy Watson, CEO, Scottish Association for Mental Health and Dr Elizabeth Scowcroft, Head of Research from the Samaritans.