Triple i – intuition, imagination and innovation, is an international annual conference organised by the UP IAM Slovene Centre for Suicide Research. Distinguished experts in the field of suicidology are invited to the conference to speak about research, interventions and postvention after suicide. Relaxed environment and concurrent topics create a platform for the participants to connect, which is a starting point for progress in the field.
One of the speakers at the Triple i 2015 was Dr. Celine Larkin.
Dr. Celine Larkin (National Suicide Research Foundation, University College Cork, Ireland) is interested in quantitative and qualitative research, and in broad range of study designs and topics within the field of suicidology. Besides her desire to save lives, she is motivated by her curiosity and by the new questions that always arise from the research results. Her lecture will be on unique ethical and methodological issues associated with research on suicidal behaviour. The method of psychological autopsy will be discussed in terms of its value and limitations. In addition, many unique opportunities in suicide research will be addressed, such as the study of protective factors against suicide.
Dr. Larkin’s message to young researchers, professionals, students:
Suicidal behaviour is complex in its causes, its process, and also in its consequences. There are a huge variety of risk factors across biological, psychological, psychiatric, psychosocial and sociological domains, and these factors interact with each other. It can be overwhelming! It seems unlikely that one researcher will be completely familiar with the minutiae of all of these risk factors, but with collaboration across disciplines and shared terminology, we can start to create models that represent this complexity in a way that can be useful for suicide prevention. From psychology, there is the idea that the common pathway to suicide is a sense of “entrapment”, and this concept is a useful lens through which to view many seemingly diverse circumstances. Another useful approach to the wide range of risk factors is to think about distal risk factors (features that add to a person’s longstanding risk) and proximal risk factors (elements that indicate those who are at acute risk of suicidal behaviour), and to remember that there is rarely one “cause” of a person’s suicide but rather a combination and interaction of risk factors. Each story of suicide is unique to the individuals involved, but across cases we can see patterns.