Keith Hawton is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University Department of Psychiatry. For more than thirty-five years he and his research group have been conducting investigations concerning the causes, treatment, prevention and outcome of suicidal behaviour. He has received the Stengel Research Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention (1995), the Dublin Career Research Award from the American Association of Suicidology (2000), and the Research Award of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2002). He has published more than 400 papers and chapters and 15 books. He is co-editor of The International Handbook of Suicide and Attempted Suicide (2000, Wiley), editor of Prevention and Treatment of Suicidal Behaviour: From Science to Practice (2005, Oxford University Press), and co-author of By Their Own Young Hand: Deliberate Self Harm and Suicidal Ideas in Adolescents (2006, Jessica Kingsley Publishers).