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David Webb headshot

Dr David Webb PhD

Lived Experience

After surviving “four years of madness”, David Webb looked into the formal study of suicide (Suicidology) and was taken aback to find the first-person voice of survivors virtually absent. Perhaps less surprising was the absence of spirituality, the key to David’s survival. So in 2006 he completed what is thought to be the world’s first PhD on suicide by a survivor, followed in 2010 by his book “Thinking About Suicide” (and its companion website thinkingaboutsuicide.org).

David has been a board member of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) and worked for the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO). He now lives quietly in Castlemaine, an old gold-rush town near Melbourne.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.