Cara Richardson

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Cara is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow investigating suicidal behaviour in men. She is part of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Group (SBRL) and is funded by the charity Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). Cara also works on the Distress Brief Intervention (DBIs) programme which is an innovative way of supporting people in distress. The DBI approach emerged from the Scottish Government’s work on the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health strategies. Cara completed a BA (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Strathclyde.

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Exploring eating disorders on TikTok – #EDrecovery: helpful or harmful?

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Cara Richardson blogs about a novel study that explores the use of the social media platform TikTok to express experiences of eating disorder recovery.

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Do suicide awareness campaigns reduce stigma and increase help-seeking?

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Cara Richardson reviews a Dutch study exploring the impact of a suicide prevention awareness campaign on stigma, taboo and attitudes towards professional help-seeking.

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Many men do seek help prior to suicide, but are services adequately designed to assess men’s needs?

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Cara Richardson summarises a qualitative photovoice study, which finds that some men who died by suicide did seek help before their death, but the help given was often ineffective.

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Masculinity, depression and suicide risk in men with a history of childhood maltreatment

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In her debut blog, Cara Richardson explores whether masculine values are differentially linked to men’s mental health functioning, depending on exposure to childhood maltreatment.

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