Cessation of suicide related behaviour following EMDR


Deliberate self harm (DSH) and suicidal behaviour are major public health issues. It is estimated that DSH costs around £40 million pounds annually in addition to the incalculable human cost. The aim of the presentation is to highlight on- going work exploring the relationship between trauma and suicide related thoughts and behaviour. Utilising a case series approach the presentation will build upon previous work by the presenters. It report a number of cases in which suicidal behaviour and thoughts have ceased following treatment of a trauma related presentation using Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. The paper will conclude that suicidal behaviour is related to previous trauma and that by resolving the initial trauma the potential for suicidal behaviour including DSH is greatly diminished or disappears.

Learning Outcomes By the end of the session participants will be able to: • discuss the relationship between trauma and suicidal behaviour, • discuss the potential of using trauma focused interventions in treating suicidal behaviour






Iain McGowan
Derek McLaughlin
Paul Miller
Michael Patterson

Original Work Citation

McGowan, I., McLaughlin, D., Miller, P., & Paterson, M. (2010, April). Cessation of suicide related behaviour following EMDR. Presentation at the 2nd Bi-Annual International European Society for Trauma and Dissociation Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland




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