Mental health, Webinars

free webinar from IP Inclusive and Jonathan’s Voice
to mark World Suicide Prevention Day

Thursday 7 September 2023
12.30 – 1.30 pm


The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is “Creating Hope through Action”. Attendees joined IP Inclusive and Jonathan’s Voice to explore how we can do that for the men we know and love.

There are many unhelpful myths and assumptions around about suicide. In this webinar we looked at some of them in relation to male mental health and suicide. A clearer understanding of the issues can put us in a better position to give meaningful support, thus creating hope that the right kind of help can be found and given.

In the first half of the webinar, Susie Bennett from the University of Glasgow’s Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory explored how, during the course of her research into male suicide, many of her assumptions and pre-conceived ideas were challenged and myths dispelled. This has helped her to formulate a greater awareness  of how we, as a society and as individuals, and how she, as a woman, can offer better understanding and support.

Following this, Mark Fudge and Andrew Reeves reflected on Susie’s comments and brought in their own experiences and insights, both as men and as mental health professionals who have worked with desperate, despairing or suicidal men.


More about the speakers

  • Susie Bennett is conducting research into male suicide at the University of Glasgow’s Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, under the direction of Professor Rory O’Connor. Her work is part-funded by Jonathan’s Voice; you can find out more about it at
  • Mark Fudge has worked as a counsellor within higher education for 20 years and previously had a career in health development.
  • Professor Andrew Reeves is a Professor in Counselling Professions and Mental Health and a BACP Senior Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

All three have spoken at several popular IP Inclusive/Jonathan’s Voice webinars in the last couple of years.


Follow-up resources

A recording of the webinar is available here and the chair Penny Aspinall’s slides here. You may also be interested in this report of the issues discussed.

A short video about what you can do to reach out to others can be found here.


Further help is available if you need it 



This event was free. So are all our resources. The Jonathan’s Voice events and resources are also free at the point of delivery.

That said, both organisations do need money to keep the show on the road, so if you enjoyed the event please consider contributing. For more information, visit the IP Inclusive fundraising page or the Jonathan’s Voice donations page.

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