2020 Fellows: Suicide prevention, intervention and postvention

Eleven of this year's Churchill Fellows will travel to eight countries to explore ways of preventing suicide and helping with suicide bereavement. Their mission is to bring back successful ideas and inspire change in their communities and professions across the UK. 

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Here are the 2020 Churchill Fellows who will travel in this field:

Prison wellbeing worker Julie Anderson is researching suicide and self-harm prevention in prisons, in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland. Julie will use her findings in the UK to develop a new approach for supporting individuals in custody.  

Mental health and wellbeing director in education Joanna Driscoll is exploring approaches that support young people to return to education following a crisis, in Australia and Canada. Joanna will use her findings to develop a toolkit that can be adapted by different educational providers in the UK.

Clinical psychologist Faith Martin is investigating ways to support parents of children who are self-harming, in Ireland and the USA. Faith will share her findings with NHS providers and local Clinical Commissioning Groups in the UK and hopes to conduct a pilot study using these learnings.

Charity worker Rhea Newman is assessing ways to develop a whole-society approach to reduce suicide rates, in Japan. Rhea will share her findings in the UK with her colleagues and will use her research to inform policy discussions about the UK’s approach to suicide prevention.

Charity worker Will Johnstone is researching approaches to addressing self-harm and suicide in prisons, in Australia and Canada. In the UK he will share his findings with colleagues and run workshops for key policy makers.

Nurse Pauline Milne is investigating screening and targeted interventions for reducing suicide rates in nurses, in the USA. Pauline will use her findings to set up a working group in the UK with representatives from national nursing organisations.

Psychotherapist Jonathan Isserow is exploring the benefits of visual and participatory methods in improving men’s mental health, in Canada and the USA. Jonathan will use his findings to develop and deliver a local pilot project in the UK.

Health sychologist Anna Lucas is researching approaches to the prevention and management of adolescent suicidal behaviour, in Canada and the USA. Anna will share her findings with her colleagues and local mental health commissioners in the UK.

Charity deputy CEO Sarah Dangar is investigating models of reviewing non-homicide domestic-abuse-related deaths in Australia and the USA. Sarah aims to use her findings to make recommendations that will influence national policy change in the UK.

Psychotherapist Ella Knight is assessing suicide prevention strategies for university students, in Canada and the USA. Ella will use her findings to influence existing practices within UK universities.

Police sergeant Stuart Charlesworth is exploring how police forces can support officers who are suffering from PTSD, in Australia and the USA. Stuart will share his findings with his colleagues locally and across the UK and will feed into the recently announced Police Covenant. 

This category is in partnership with the Samaritans and The John Armitage Charitable Trust.

Find out more about this year's Fellows

Everyone can apply, regardless of age, qualifications or background, as long as they are a UK resident citizen aged 18 or over. We are pausing applications for 2021 Fellowships. Find out more here.