Laura Caven

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Laura works as a policy manager with COSLA covering areas including housing and homelessness, previously covering areas relating to mental health, early learning and childcare, children and young people who have additional support needs, or are looked after, and equalities. She previously worked at the National Union of Students in Scotland coordinating campaigns relating to health promotion, mainly mental health and wellbeing, and before that in a local authority supporting policy development across a number of areas. Laura has lived/living experience of mental illness and has been involved in coordinating projects as a volunteer relating to increasing understanding of mental illness. She has an undergraduate degree in human biology, psychology and sociology, and postgraduate in alcohol and drug studies.


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Online support for people with suicidal thoughts: what do users think?


Laura Caven reviews a recent qualitative study that looks at what people think of the online support that is available from charities and other organisations for people with suicidal thoughts.

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A picture tells a thousand words, or does it? Photography and youth mental health


Laura Caven and Chris O’Sullivan summarise a recent qualitative study on young people’s experiences and perceptions of mental health and well-being through photography.

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