Katrina Witt

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After graduating with a Doctorate in Philosophy in 2014 from the University of Oxford , Katrina spent a year working as a post-doctoral research fellow with the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford authoring several Cochrane reviews of treatment interventions for the prevention of repeat self-harm and suicide. She is co-Chair of the Suicide Group for the International Association for Suicide Prevention, methods editor for the Cochrane Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Group and the Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group. She has ongoing collaborations with the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford, and collaborates widely with colleagues from a number of countries internationally. She has also received numerous prizes and awards for her research, including from the Australian Academy of Science (2016) and the Young Achiever's Award Foundation (2017).


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Suicide risk following childhood interpersonal violence


Katrina Witt considers the findings of a meta-analysis of longitudinal studies, which looks at exposure to interpersonal violence in childhood, and the impact that it may have on risk of suicide in young people.

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Infection with hepatitis, HIV or AIDS may be significant risk factor for suicide


Katrina Witt summarises a recent nationwide cohort study, which suggests that infection, particularly with hepatitis, HIV or AIDS, is a significant risk factor for suicide.

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Self-harm on the rise, but many denied mental health assessments


Katrina Witt explores a recently published paper that draws on the Multicentre Study of Self-Harm in England. The cohort study found that around one-half of self-harm patients do not receive psychosocial assessment, despite 2004 NICE guidance that recommends everyone who has self-harmed should have a comprehensive assessment of needs and risk.

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Suicide during the perinatal period


Katrina Witt reviews a new UK study, which finds that women who ended their own lives during the perinatal period were significantly more likely to have a recent onset of depression, and were less likely to be receiving active treatment, and particularly medication, at their time of their death.

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Psychotic-like experiences associated with self-harm, according to new systematic review, but further research is needed


Katrina Witt critiques a recent systematic review of psychotic-like experiences and the risk of self-harm and suicide in the general population.

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Method switching in self-harm has implications for service design and risk management


Katrina Witt publishes her debut blog on a new cohort study from the Multi-Centre Monitoring of Self-Harm Project, which investigates switching methods of self-harm at repeat episodes.

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