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21st Annual Victorian Collaborative Mental Health Nursing Conference

November 8, 2020 @ 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Dr. John Oliffe will be presenting a keynote address titled ‘Picturing Suicidality’ at the 21st Annual Victorian Collaborative Mental Health Nursing Conference.

Title: Picturing Suicidality

Abstract: The use of photovoice methods in mental health research has added important insights and understandings of suicidality (suicidal thoughts, plans +/- attempts). This presentation shares participant produced photographs and narratives from diverse sub-groups who have a history of suicidality. Shared are thematic findings drawn from Canadian based men and women, inclusive of LGBTTQQIAAP, Indigenous and individuals living with co-morbid chronic illness. Specifically, among diverse men who have attempted suicide themes of struggle, saving graces and managing to stay alive are mapped across participant’s experiences leading up to, during and after attempting suicide. In Queer women with a history of self-harm pathways toward confiding and countering self-inflicted violence (and suicidality) are narrated. Across these studies the intersections of gender and an array of health inequities are highlighted to make available de-stigmatizing strategies and design considerations for upstream tailored suicide prevention programs. Some emergent operational and ethical considerations specific to photo voice methods in suicidality research are also touched on in the hope of advancing the work of others in this vitally important area.


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