Suicide expert to retire

By Claire Regan

26 January 2005

Belfast Telegraph

A Queen's University psychiatrist and one of Northern Ireland's most prominent mental health experts has announced he is to retire at the end of this month.

Roy McClelland - Emeritus Professor of Mental Health in the university's School of Medicine and consultant psychiatrist at Belfast City Hospital Trust - is a leading authority on the study of suicide in Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The professor is chairman of the Northern Ireland Healing Through Remembering project which seeks to identify options of remembering and truth recovery for people affected by the Troubles. He is also deputy chairman of the NI Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability.

Prof McClelland was recently awarded the Prize of Geneva, a prestigious international accolade for his work in protecting the rights of people with mental illness.

His guidelines examined how healthcare professionals should protect patients' confidentiality.