Oliver Matias

Institution: City University of London (Centre for Mental Health Research, School of Health Sciences), England.

Supervisory team: Professor Rose McCabe and Dr Kirsten Barnicot.

Position: Mphil/PhD Student.

Current research: In the UK, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women despite women being two times more likely to self-harm or attempt suicide than men (the two biggest risk factors for future death by suicide). Therefore, my PhD is looking at self-harm and suicide in males compared to females, with a view to attempting to help address this discrepancy. This will start with a systematic review (and meta-analysis) on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for self-harm in males compared to females. The protocol for this has been registered with PROSPERO and can be found on the following link:

Research interests:

  • Male self-harm and suicide
  • Interventions for self-harm and suicide
  • Self-harm and suicide in males compared to females
  • Self-harm and suicide as public health issues

Recent Publication:

  • Walker MF, Birchall S, Cobley C, Condon L, Fisher R, Fletcher-Smith J, et al. Biopsychosocial intervention for stroke carers (BISC): results of a feasibility randomised controlled trial and nested qualitative interview study. Clinical Rehabilitation. 2020;34(10): 1268-1281. Available from: doi:10.1177/0269215520937039.

Can help with:

I sit on an NHS/HRA Research Ethics Committee so (hopefully!) can help with ethics. I also have experience of working in both mental and physical health (including within the NHS) as well as research in both of these. So (again, hopefully!) can help with any practical advice regarding such things. My knowledge and experience is in quantitative research / methods thereof so cannot really advise on qualitative methodology.

What’s essential to your well-being? I am currently undertaking training to become a Mitra within the Triratna Buddhist order; I am vegan; and (outside of lockdown!) I am a member of a yoga studio.

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