The Centre for Mental Health and Safety (formerly Centre for Mental Health and Risk) are an internationally recognised research centre that has had a major influence on UK policy and practice since 1996. Today it continues to deliver fresh insights that enable health professionals, service providers, policy-makers, patients, offenders and their families to explore opportunities to:
- improve safety and reduce risk
- prevent suicide and self-harm
- combat the stigma of mental illness
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The Centre's research is led by senior academics and clinicians with a worldwide reputation for pioneering improvements in understanding and professional practice.
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- National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness
Research into suicide and homicide by mental health patients across the UK and the sudden unexplained death of psychiatric in-patients in England and Wales.
- Manchester Self-Harm Project
Research into and audit of self-harm presentations at the three Emergency Departments in the City of Manchester.
- Offender Health Research Network
A multi-disciplinary research network focused on offender health care research.
- Epidemiological Research with National Danish Registers
Understanding the Determinants of Multiple Adverse Outcomes in Young People.
Latest news and announcements
***13th July, NEW Inquiry report on suicide by children and young people published ***
For a full copy of the report click here (pdf, 1mb)
For a copy of the infographics sheet with key messages click here (pdf, 1mb)
For a copy of the press release click here (pdf, 89kb)
To watch videos of Professor Louis Appleby presenting the key findings and recommendations click here
We carried out a study of suicide by children and young people aged under 25 in England and Wales during 2014 and 2015. We wanted to find the common themes in the lives of young people who die by suicide, identify possible sources of stress and examine the role of support services. This report covers the second phase of a national investigation into suicide in children and young people. Findings from the first year of data collection (on people aged under 20, in England only) were published in May 2016. We collected antecedent information on 391 people aged under 25. The information came from investigations by official bodies, mainly from coroners, who take evidence from families and professionals. We confirmed in this second, larger study our previous findings of 10 common themes in suicide in children and young people. Our findings also highlight groups where specific actions are needed: support for young people who are bereaved, especially by suicide; greater priority for mental health in colleges and universities; housing and mental health care for looked after children; and mental health support for LGBT young people.
27 June 2017 Professor Louis Appleby will be presenting on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England and why we need to reconsider confidentiality at the RCPsych International Congress in Edinburgh. For the event programme click here
23 June 2017 Professor Louis Appleby will be presenting and discussing Learning from Deaths at North Regional Mental Health and Learning Disability Event at the Leeds Metropolitan Hotel.
22 June 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be giving a talk about NCISH and MaSH findings at Exeter Advanced Course in Liaison Psychiatry. For further information click here
18 May 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be giving a lecture at South Shropshire and Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust's National Speaker Programme at the Redwoods Centre in Shrewsbury.
4 April 2017: Professor Nav Kapur is the keynote speaker at the HFM-275 Symposium on Military Suicide Prevention in Riga, Latvia. He will be presenting NCISH and MaSH findings. For further information click here
20 March 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting NCISH's findings at the Safer Mental Health Care Conference at The Curve, Prestwich Hospital, Manchester.
08 March 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting in a plenary session on our work improving safety for mental health patients at the Safer Primary Care Conference at the Manchester Conference Centre.
07 March 2017: Delighted that we’ll be working with the NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre following a successful £6.7 million grant award. Professor Nav Kapur is leading the mental health component of the work programme. For further information click here
03 March 2017: NCISH have amended their questionnaire and reminder letters. This is in recognition of the very high co-operation that we already get and because we know that staff are under pressure and we need to adequately acknowledge this.
02 March 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting NCISH and MASH findings to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Faculty for Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference at the Novotel Madrid Centre. For further information click here
31 January 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting NCISH findings to the Humber NHS Foundation Trust. For further information click here
9 January 2017: The National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group, chaired by Professor Appleby, published Preventing Suicide in England. To view the report click here The report refers to the work of the Centre, including finding from NCISH's latest annual report.
January 2017: Listen Professor Appleby's podcast for the Lancet Psychiatry. He discusses the progress made in 20 years of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness. click here
***6th October, new Inquiry report published today***
For a copy of the report click here (pdf, 5mb)
For a copy of our infographics sheet for key messages click here (pdf, 899kb)
For a copy of our service user information sheet click here (pdf, 113kb)
Making Mental Health Care Safer: Annual Report Key Findings video click here
Making Mental Health Care Safer: 20-year Review video click here
20 May: Seeking clinician's views on mental capacity, advance decisions, and suicidal behaviour.
NIHR Programme Grant Project launches a national clinician survey on mental capacity, advance decisions, and suicidal behaviour. For more information, click here