By Katherine Brown Harm minimisation and self-harm ‘Harm minimisation’ approaches aim to reduce the damage that happens when someone engages in behaviour that could negatively affect their health . Although the approach has its origins in the field of substance misuse , it has since been used in other areas - including the treatment of… Continue reading Do Harm Minimisation Techniques Really Help Young People Who Self-harm?
By Donna Littlewood on behalf of members from the PPI group - Mutual Support for Mental Health The following responses were provided by members of ‘Mutual Support for Mental Health’ the lived experience advisory panel for the Centre for Mental Health and Safety at the University of Manchester. What are the key things you would… Continue reading Advice on involving people with experiential knowledge in suicide and self-harm research.
By Lana Bojanić The development of new software and platforms has attracted the attention of researchers in psychology and other behavioural sciences for decades now. From using it for easier data collection, as many do with online questionnaires, to harvesting digital footprint from social media, more and more researchers are embracing these new resources. One… Continue reading (Blindly) following trends: Google Trends data in suicide research
New research by A. Jess Williams, Emma Nielsen & Neil Coulson explores views about clinical services as expressed self-harm online communities, in order to understand which services are being used and why? Check out the full paper: “They aren’t all like that”: Perceptions of clinical services, as told by self-harm online communities. Featuring Photo by… Continue reading “They aren’t all like that”: Perceptions of clinical services, as told by self-harm online communities
By Isabela Troya. Suicide and suicidal behaviour are complex and multifactorial, influenced by a range of different determinants. Despite the complexity of suicidal behaviour, the approach taken within the field of suicidology in research has been mostly dominated by a single research design: quantitative methods. Hjelmeland and Knizek  have already documented the lack of… Continue reading The value of qualitative research methods in suicide prevention/suicidal behaviour research
By Donna Littlewood. "What's no coincidence that the times that I harmed myself, one of the massive reasons of that was that I hadn't been sleeping. Just total lack of sleep. Majorly. It fucks you up." This quote is taken from a man who participated in a research interview on the role of sleep problems… Continue reading Suicidal thoughts and sleep problems
By Heather Sutherland. Perhaps the key, primary stress of the first year of doctoral study is about ‘literature reviewing’. “I’m working on my literature review” is the only identical phrase I’ve heard from peers across all subject areas, before they head off into their various quantitative or qualitative or mixed-method data-gathering phases. Whilst research topics… Continue reading Literature Review, meet personal knowledge…
By Sarah Stanford. It's time. Two words that can spark excitement or relief. It's time to finish work. It's time for the party to start. It's time to get a coffee. It's time to take off your skinny jeans. But in this instance, these two words did not spark excitement. Instead, my heart felt a… Continue reading New to research using high school samples? Three things that helped me