Dr Rachel Gibbons

Dr Rachel Gibbons has worked in the NHS over the past 20 years in various psychiatric settings as a consultant psychiatrist and consultant medical psychotherapist. She is a psychoanalyst and group analyst and current Chair of the Working Group on the Effect of Suicide and Homicide on Psychiatrists and Vice-Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  She has been working on suicide and facilitating groups for processing the impact of suicide for the last 14 years. She has recently had 4 papers published on the effect of suicide on clinicians, she is co-editor of the Royal College of Psychiatrists book ‘Seminars in the psychotherapies’.  She led the development of the first global guidance for all mental health organisations for the pastoral care of staff following the death by suicide of a patient. This guidance is now in the new National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.

She has two recent papers published two well received papers on the nature of suicide  https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin/article/eight-truths-about-suicide/36D1872261E290945E245143BECC6260 And suicide bereavement https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin/article/someone-is-to-blame-the-impact-of-suicide-on-the-mind-of-the-bereaved-including-clinicians/EFFE8127E4FDDE3A2AF65D3FF542FD02