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Some time ago, exhausted and nearing the end of my tether, I sent Rory O’Connor a WhatsApp. He immediately replied and called on his twin brother Daryl, and they reminded me of shared better days past and future, staying with me in that moment of crisis and checking in on me regularly after.
I thought about that night as I spoke to Rory to accompany Ella’s feature on suicide (p.28), and as I read his new book. I thought about the burden Rory must feel, being ‘the suicide guy’. He assures me that ‘writing the book was cathartic’. But imagine being a figurehead for what Rory calls the ‘everydayness’ of suicide: ‘…what leads someone to become suicidal is very often about what happens every day: everyday failures, everyday crises and everyday losses. Too often people think that suicide is about the out-of-the-ordinary…’
Rory adds that ‘suicide is never inevitable. It is preventable right up until the final moment.’ His book, and we hope this issue, give practical advice on how we can all do that.
Dr Jon Sutton
Climate emotion, the society stands at a crossroads, Zangwill and more
BPS 2021; awards; President vote; and much more
Mindfully prosocial, and more research…
How can we understand the suicidal mind in the moment of crisis?
Ella Rhodes hears from Brianna Banks, Evan Kleiman, and Karen Wetherall; and Jon Sutton talks with Rory O’Connor
The psychological impact of a lifelong illness
Louise Foster has a conversation with her mother about Multiple Sclerosis
A decade of ‘power posing’: where do we stand?
Tom Loncar on credibility and challenges
The other side of the story
Sophy Irwin works for NIACRO in Belfast, to reduce crime and its impact
‘We’re moving around the garden to get different viewpoints’
Ian Florance meets recent Society award winner Mark Fox
Jobs in psychology
Featured job, latest vacancies
Hope and the climate crisis; what do you find energising at work?; and more
Kimberley Wilson on the body; ‘Home’, from the Abbey Theatre in Ireland; Adam Curtis; and more
Merchants of light: Richard Brown looks to lessons from the history of open science in order to move beyond ideals and technology
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