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 Navneet Kapur.
Prof. Navneet Kapur (Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health, University of Manchester, UK) is a psychiatrist and Head of the Research Centre for Suicide Prevention. His research mostly targets epidemiological methods, the aetiology and treatment of suicide behaviour, as well as patient safety. His main contributions have been focussed in the area of health service responses to suicide. Prof. Kapur is particularly enthusiastic about the research work, because, even though clinical work can be very rewarding, research offers the possibility to impact on the lives of many people not just the person in front of you. His lecture will be on clinical (and other) approaches to preventing suicide. Some of his most important research findings with respect to the causes, management and prevention of suicidal behaviour will be discussed. Besides, he will demonstrate how research can have a direct impact on people’s lives.
Prof. Kapur’s message to young researchers, professionals, students:
I think my main advice would be to follow areas that interest you, read very widely, talk to colleagues internationally, and ensure that you have sufficient time to develop your existing ideas and come up with new ones. I would also perhaps emphasize that careers (particularly in academia) can be quite challenging but many of the skills can be learned. So for example, writing a paper for an academic journal can appear extremely daunting when you are starting out but becomes much easier over time. The same can be said for funding applications. Of course, there are never any guarantees of success and one of the attributes that’s required of researchers in any field is resilience and an ability to shrug off rejections (from journals or grant-giving bodies). What is reassuring is that such rejections are often temporary. I think those of us in the field should embrace opportunities for public engagement and public education. Few subjects are as emotive as death by suicide and those of us working in this area are uniquely positioned to provide authoritative information and advice. And finally the importance of mentorship – find senior colleagues who you like and you think you can learn something from (or perhaps they will find you). You’ll turn to your mentor(s) throughout your career.