Webinar

The truth about suicide and its impact on clinicians

Date

27 March 2024
18:00 AEDT
20:00 NZDT

Organised by

RANZCP Events

Delivery

Online

Patient suicide is a reality for psychiatrists and trainees and can have profound long-term wellbeing impacts. There is a pretence that assessment and prediction of suicide is part of the role of a psychiatrist. However, this misconception only sets us up for failure and detracts from our primary role which is therapeutic engagement to improve quality of life. 

This webinar will confront the ‘truth’ about patient suicide. Dr Gibbons will share her own experiences with patient suicide and how this defined her psychiatric career. After hearing over 1000 accounts of suicide loss through her ongoing confidential peer support group, Dr Gibbons will reveal the ‘truths’ about suicide which challenge conventional understandings of the concept. 

This presentation will also provide an overview of the current research and link this with the psychodynamic understanding of suicide. Dr Gibbons will offer insights on how therapeutic engagement can increase our capacity to identify distress and address it with an open heart.

This webinar is supported by the RANZCP Member Wellbeing Subcommittee. 

Speakers

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Dr Rachel Gibbons

Dr Rachel Gibbons has worked in the UK’s National Health Service for the past 20 years as a consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist in various psychiatric settings. 

She is the current Co-Chair of the Patient Safety Group, Chair of the Effect of Suicide and Homicide on Psychiatrists Working Group and Vice-Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. For the past 14 years, Dr Gibbons has facilitated a Suicide Group for consultant psychiatrists.

Following the death of a patient by suicide, Dr Gibbons developed the first guidelines for all mental health organisations addressing the pastoral care of staff. This guidance now forms part of England’s new National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

In recent times, Dr Gibbons has also published four papers on the effect of suicide on clinicians and is co-editor of the Royal College of Psychiatrists book ‘Seminars in the psychotherapies’. Her most recent paper, ‘Eight ‘truths’ about suicide’ was published in the BJPsych Bulletin in September 2023.

Dr Rachel Gibbons has worked in the UK’s National Health Service for the past 20 years as a consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist in various psychiatric settings. 

She is the current Co-Chair of the Patient Safety Group, Chair of the Effect of Suicide and Homicide on Psychiatrists Working Group and Vice-Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. For the past 14 years, Dr Gibbons has facilitated a Suicide Group for consultant psychiatrists.

Following the death of a patient by suicide, Dr Gibbons developed the first guidelines for all mental health organisations addressing the pastoral care of staff. This guidance now forms part of England’s new National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

In recent times, Dr Gibbons has also published four papers on the effect of suicide on clinicians and is co-editor of the Royal College of Psychiatrists book ‘Seminars in the psychotherapies’. Her most recent paper, ‘Eight ‘truths’ about suicide’ was published in the BJPsych Bulletin in September 2023.

Frequently asked questions

Can I get a Certificate of Attendance?

Certificates of attendance will be issued for live attendance two weeks after the event.

Will this webinar be recorded?

A recording of this webinar will be made available after the event. Registered participants will be notified once the recording is available for viewing.

Can I attend?

RANZCP members (including trainees and Specialist International Medical Graduates) are eligible to attend this webinar. Please make sure to include your ID number when registering if you wish for it to be displayed on your certificate of attendance.