Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board) and Clinical Director ‘Connecting with People’ – a social enterprise
Dr Alys Cole-King works nationally with Royal Colleges, voluntary bodies, academics, and experts by experience to raise awareness of suicide prevention and promote a common language to ensure improved assessment and intervention. A contributor to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Suicide and Self-harm Prevention, Alys is also on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Mental Health Training Advisory Group, the joint RCPsych/RCGP Mental Health Group and has contributed to the RCGP curriculum. Alys undertook an extensive research project using psychological autopsy techniques to investigate patients who attempted suicide or engaged in self-harm whilst under the care of specialist mental health services.
As Clinical Director of the not for profit social enterprise, Connecting with People, Alys has contributed to work which fundamentally allows for real-time research to be translated into evidenced based clinical practice.
A primary author of a number of papers, book chapters, webinars, podcasts and self-help resources on suicide and self-harm prevention, Alys has also contributed to the RCGP e-learning module and previous BMJ Masterclasses on suicide prevention. Alys sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Compassionate Health Care and is a reviewer for several globally recognised journals. Alys leads international campaigns via social media and works with the media to ensure that suicide prevention is front and centre of mental health services.