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Rory O'Connor wins Mind Media Award for Best Podcast

posted Nov 17, 2019, 1:25 PM by Karen Wetherall   [ updated Nov 17, 2019, 2:32 PM ]

Mind Media Award Best Podcast 2019

Rory O'Connor was delighted to win a Mind Media Award for Best Podcast together with Paul McGregor and Hannah Myerson at an awards ceremony in London on the 13th November - watch Rory, Paul and Hannah say a few words on accepting the award, above.

Their award-winning podcast: 'MQ Open Mind: How can we work together to prevent suicide?' was hosted by MQ: Transforming Mental Health.  It aimed to inspire hope and move beyond awareness raising.  It was first broadcast on World Suicide Prevention Day last year.

MQ Open Mind brings together scientists and people with experience of mental health problems to explore current mental health research and its potential to transform lives. 

In this episode Paul McGregor, a mental health campaigner, shares his experience of losing his dad to suicide while Professor Rory O'Connor discusses the circumstances that might cause someone to take their own life. 

The discussion is wide-ranging, highlighting myths, stigma, the integrated motivational-volitional model of suicide as well as how we can best work together to prevent suicide.

The podcast is available to listen to here:

If you are affected by suicide or concerned about yourself or someone else the following organisations offer advice and support:

Samaritans  116 123 (UK and ROI)

Childline 0800 1111 (UK)

Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87

Lifeline (N Ireland) 0808 808 8000

Young Minds 

NHS 24  111

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA) 1 800 273 82