“Can you support our research into bipolar and suicide?”

Rebecca Owen, a PhDstudent from the University of Manchester, is looking for volunteers to supporther research into bipolar and suicide. Rebecca writes:

Despite numerous suicide prevention efforts from varioussources including, government initiatives, NHS strategies and charitableorganisations such as Samaritans and Papyrus, suicide remains the leading causeof death amongst men aged 15 to 44 in the UK (read more here). 

​Our research aims to better understand factors which mightlead to the development of suicidal thoughts in people with bipolar disorder specifically. The rates of suicide in bipolar disorder aresignificantly higher than rates in the general population. However, thisremains an under-researched area, particularly compared to other diagnoses suchas schizophrenia and depression. 

A key aim of our research is to find out more aboutpsychological processes or pathways which underpin the development of suicidalthoughts such as: feeling hopeless that your situation will ever change orimprove; feeling defeated and trapped within a situation; feeling like you haveno social support; feeling like you can’t cope. By understanding more aboutthese processes, and the social context in which they occur, we hope that wewill be able to better inform psychological interventions which specificallyaim to change these processes in order to reduce suicide risk in bipolardisorder. 

We are looking for people with a diagnosis of bipolardisorder who have previously experienced suicidal feelings to take part in aquestionnaire-based research study. The first step is an informal phoneinterview with a trained researcher about mood experiences (30 minutes). Next,we ask you to complete some confidential online questionnaires (around 1 hour).Finally, you will repeat the assessments in 4 months time. We keep allparticipants informed about the progress and final results of the study.

​For more information or to take part, please contact Rebeccadirectly: 

Rebecca Owen
School of Psychological Sciences
Room H23, Coupland Building 1 
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
T: 0161 275 2593
E: rebecca.owen-6@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk