self-harm

Self-harm is not usually an attempt at taking our own life, but a way of expressing deep emotional feelings, such as low self-esteem. It is also a way to cope with traumatic events or situations, such as the death of a loved one, or an abusive relationship. Self-harm is not an illness, it is an expression of personal distress.

Our self-harm Blogs

Life after leaving hospital: when does a duty of care end?

shutterstock_1447419326

Sally McManus writes her debut elf blog on a recent national cohort study of multiple adverse outcomes following first discharge from psychiatric care, which finds that mental health inpatients are more likely to experience all types of adversity after leaving hospital.

[read the full story...]

Mental health and suicide risk in LGBTQ students: What are the associated factors?

elyssa-fahndrich-702530-unsplash

Sarah Carr writes an important blog for #PrideMonth that looks at general and LGBTQ-specific factors associated with mental health and suicide risk among LGBTQ students.

[read the full story...]

Self-harm in older adults: a forgotten group?

angels-vicente-790014-unsplash

Karen Birnie, Haridha Pandian and Derek Tracy summarise a recent systematic review in the British Journal of Psychiatry on self-harm in older adults.

[read the full story...]

Using data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention #SelfHarmData

report-cover

Karen Wetherall summarises the new NatCen report on suicide and self-harm in Britain: researching risk and resilience using UK surveys.

Follow #SelfHarmData on Twitter for all the discussions from the ‘Using data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention’ event in London.

[read the full story...]

Transforming mental health throughout the life course #MQScienceMeeting 2019

Screenshot 2019-02-06 at 20.00.14

André Tomlin sets the scene for the 2019 #MQScienceMeeting which brings together researchers across different disciplines to explore cutting-edge new ways to understand, treat and prevent mental illness.

[read the full story...]

BlueIce app for managing self-harm: what do young people think?

justin-main-189770-unsplash

Bethan Davies shares her thoughts on a qualitative study of service users’ experience about the acceptability, use and safety of the BlueIce app for young people who self-harm.

[read the full story...]

Does self-harm in young people increase the risk of subsequent suicide?

riccardo-mion-645216-unsplash

Pooky Knightsmith picks apart a recent Swedish cohort study, which found that all youths presenting to a clinical setting with self-harm were at an elevated future risk of suicide.

[read the full story...]

Family therapy for adolescent self-harm: SHIFT trial says it doesn’t reduce hospital visits and isn’t cost-effective

guillermo-sanchez-630049-unsplash

Udita Iyengar and Dennis Ougrin consider the findings of the SHIFT trial, which explored the effectiveness of systemic family therapy versus treatment as usual for young people after self-harm.

[read the full story...]

The prevalence of digital self-harm among adolescents

thought-catalog-547048-unsplash

Alexander Foster and Tatiana Salisbury publish their debut blog on a recent study of digital self-harm in adolescents. In case you’re wondering, digital self-harm is the anonymous online posting, sending or sharing of hurtful content about oneself.

[read the full story...]

Mental illness and neurobiological correlates in the transgender population

17456904840_b3cea5f1ec_k

Dean Connolly publish their debut blog on a literature review of transgender research, which reports on the prevalence of mental illness in the transgender population.

[read the full story...]