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Suicide Prevention: NIHR Programme Grant

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More about this project

Every year in England there are over 4,000 suicides and about 200,000 hospital attendances following self-harm (“attempted suicide”). The aim of this programme of research is to carry out a series of studies in key areas of current concern in relation to the causes, prevention and management of suicidal behaviour in England highlighted in the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The research was developed in consultation with local NHS organisations, service users and policy makers. The programme is a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol [lead Professor David Gunnell], Oxford [lead Professor Keith Hawton] and Manchester [lead Professor Nav Kapur], the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Over 15 collaborating researchers, service users and voluntary sector representatives are part of the research group.

The programme has three specific elements aimed at:-

  • Identifying the effect of the economic crisis on suicide and developing an intervention to reduce its impact
  • Improving services for people who self-harm and developing resources for families effected by self harm and suicide among young people
  • Limiting the emergence of high-lethality suicide methods and providing evidence on relative toxicity of methods of self-poisoning.

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Project director(s):
Professor David Gunnell - University of Bristol
Professor Keith Hawton - University of Oxford
Professor Nav Kapur - University of Manchester
Project funder:
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Project collaborator(s):
University of Bristol
University of Oxford
University of Manchester
University of Glasgow
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Professor David Gunnell