Centre for Mental Health and Safety: News
- 14th May: Professor Nav Kapur will give a presentation on ''What's new in suicide prevention research?” at the University of Manchester's Division of Psychology and Mental Health research seminar.
- 4th April: Professor Appleby will be speaking at the monthly East London NHS Foundation Trust's academic meeting on suicide prevention at St Bartholomew's Hospital.
- 16th March: Professor Nav Kapur will be one of the keynote speakers at the Working Together Conference at Pride Park Stadium in Derby. The conference is hosted by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and community partners. For more information click here
- 1st March: Professor Appleby will be speaking at the Harmless self-harm conference in Nottingham. For more information click here
***8th February, NEW Inquiry report on safer care for patients with personality disorder published ***
We carried out a detailed mixed-methods investigation into the care of patients with personality disorder who died by suicide or were convicted of homicide. We identified 154 patients with personality disorder who died by suicide (in 2013) and 41 who were convicted of a homicide (between 2010 and2013) using data from our large, national database. We collected information from medical records and Serious Incident reports on 87% of the patients identified, and also asked staff and patients to share their experiences of services via an online survey and focus groups. Our findings highlight that patients with personality disorder who died by suicide or committed homicide were not receiving care consistent with NICE guidance, and there is a need for a more comprehensive examination of services for personality disorder, taking into account the safety concerns highlighted in this report.
For a full copy of the report click here
For a copy of the infographics sheet with key messages click here
- 8th February Professor Nav Kapur will be hosting a seminar 'Safer mental health care: preventing suicide in clinical services' at Anthony Mann Seminar Room, David Goldberg Centre, Denmark Hill Campus. For more information click here
- 1st February: ***New Inquiry paper published*** Baird, A., Shaw, J., Hunt, IM., Kapur, N., Appleby, L. & Webb, R. (2018).National study comparing the characteristics of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia who committed homicide vs. those who died by suicide. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. Publication link: click here
31st January: Professor Appleby will be presenting 'Reflections on the national strategy' at the National Suicide Prevention Alliance's Annual Conference at the Kia Oval, London. For more details click here
31st January: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention, London
26th January: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about self-harm and suicide’ to the Manchester Grammar School Philosophical Society (PhilSoc) at Manchester Grammar School
5th January: Updated version of our toolkit ‘Safer Services: A Toolkit for Specialist Mental Health Services and Primary Care’ is issued.
Our toolkit presents quality and safety statements about clinical and organisational aspects of care, based on 20 years of research into patient safety. The toolkit is intended to be used as a basis for self-assessment by specialist mental health care providers. This version has been updated to include evidence from our most recent data, and new statements about working with carers.
To download the toolkit click here
- 15 December 2017: Listen to Professor Nav Kapur’s podcast for the British Medical Journal. Professor Kapur discusses why it’s important that we have an accurate measure of rates of self-harm in the population. Click here to listen to the podcast
- 8 December 2017: NCISH are pleased to welcome Jennifer Smith-Merry, Associate Professor visiting from the University of Sydney, Australia.
- 6 December 2017: Professor Louis Appleby will be presenting at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Presidents Lectures, London. Professor Appleby’s lecture will cover evidence on suicide prevention by health services, especially in mental health. To download the presentation and view the President’s Lecture click here
- 5 December 2017: Professor Louis Appleby and Professor Nav Kapur join MaSH colleagues at the Manchester Self-Harm Project 20th Anniversary Event, Manchester. MaSH colleagues will be presenting findings from 20 years of research about self-harm in Manchester and beyond.
- 24th November 2017: Professor Louis Appleby will be presenting ‘Suicide prevention for liaison psychiatrists’ to trainees, new consultants, nurses and other allied health professionals at the Royal College of Psychiatrists 16th Annual Meeting, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge.
- 22nd November 2017: Cathy Rodway will be presenting NCISH findings from our study of suicide in children and young people at the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs Annual Conference, Crewe Hall.
- 21st November 2017: Professor Louis Appleby will be speaking at the launch of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Five-year suicide prevention strategy, Wakefield.
- 14th November 2017: Findings from NCISH’s national investigation of suicide by children and young people will be presented by Cathy Rodway at the Joint Regional North West CDOP conference, Bolton.
- 13th November 2017: NCISH are pleased to welcome Matthew Large, Professor of Psychiatry, visiting from the University of South Wales, Australia.
- 8th November 2017: Professor Appleby will be the keynote speaker at the 7th Culture and International Mental Health Conference at the Chancellors Hotel in Manchester.
- 7th November 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be Chairing and presenting at the International Summit of Suicide Research in Las Vegas.
- 13th October 2017: Professor Louis Appleby will be presenting at the Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference and Exhibition, Liverpool: ‘Forward Together: How we lead primary care to the next level’.
- 10th October, new NCISH Annual Report published today
For a copy of the report click here
For a copy of the executive summary click here (pdf, 231kb)
For a copy of our infographics sheet for key messages click here (pdf, 717kb)
For a copy of our service user information sheet click here (pdf, 191kb)
For a copy of the report presentation slides click here (ppt, 3.16mb)
To watch videos of Professor Louis Appleby presenting the key findings and recommendations click here
- 8th October 2017: Professor Nav Kapur we be presenting 'Suicide, self-harm and risk in clinical services' at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry Annual Conference in Gateshead.
- 7th October 2017: Professor Nav Kapur is presenting on self harm at the National Suicide Prevention Group Advisory Meeting.
- The assessment of risk and safety in mental health services We are seeking service user, carer and clinician views and experiences on safety planning and what groups think about the risk assessment tools used in mental health services. We want to understand how these tools might be improved and how they could be more effective in safety planning. To take part in our online survey click here
- 27th September 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting ‘Why self-harm matters to suicide prevention’ at Manchester’s 6th International Suicide Bereavement Conference, Manchester.
- 11th September 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be speaking at 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester, on ‘Suicide prevention in mental health services’.
- 6th September 2017 Professor Appleby will be presenting 'Suicide by children and young people' at the NO MORE Suicide Annual Summit at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington.
- 22nd July 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting NCISH findings from over 20 years of research in suicide prevention at the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) 29th World Congress, Kuching (Sarawak), Malaysia.
***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.
- 27th 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
- 23rd 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.23rd June 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be speaking at the NHS Improvement North Regional Mental Health and Learning Disability Event, Leeds.
- 22nd 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
- 14th June 2017: Professor Jenny Shaw will be presenting findings on ‘social care in prison’ at the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMS), Split, Croatia.
- 14th June 2017: Dr Sandra Flynn will be presenting findings from NCISH suicide and homicide research at the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMS), Split, Croatia.
- 9th June 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be keynote speaker at the 2nd Suicide and Self-Harm Early Career Researchers’ Forum, Glasgow.
- 8th June 2017: Our researchers, Su-Gwan Tham and Jessica Raphael, will be presenting NCISH findings at the 2nd Suicide and Self-Harm Early Career Researchers’ Forum, Glasgow.
- 18th 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.
- 2-4 May 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be giving a keynote address and a series of talks on risk assessment, in-patient care, and interventions for suicidal behaviour at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2017 Congress, Adelaide, Australia.
- May 2017: Professor Jenny Shaw will be presenting NCISH findings at the Mental Health Practice, Royal College of Nursing.
- 4th 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
- 20th March 2017: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting NCISH's findings at the Safer Mental Health Care Conference at The Curve, Prestwich Hospital, Manchester.
- 8th March: 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. For further information click here
- 7th March: 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
- 3rd March: 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.
- 2nd March: 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
- 31st January: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting NCISH findings to the Humber NHS Foundation Trust. For further information click here
- 9th January: 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: 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
- 29th November: Watch Professor Appleby talk about NCISH findings at Parliamentary Health Select Committee on suicide prevention click here For a copy of the written evidence submitted click here
- 25th November: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting findings from the National Confidential Inquiry and the Manchester Self-Harm Project at the North of England Psychiatry Congress Academic Programme at Manchester Conference Centre. For details of the event click here
- 23rd November: Professor Nav Kapur will be giving the keynote presentation, "Helping mental health services help themselves: suicide prevention in clinical settings" at the Congress Treatment of Suicidal Behavior in the Practice of Mental Health in Amersfoort in the Netherlands For details of the event 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)
Our Annual Report and 20-year Review 2016 presents findings from 2004 to 2014, and reviews 20 years of data collection. It provides the latest figures on suicide, homicide and sudden unexplained deaths and highlights the priorities for safer services. Key messages include:
- There are now around 3 times as many suicides by CHRT patients as in in-patients. The crisis team is now the main setting for suicide prevention in mental health
- Many people who died by suicide had a history of drug or alcohol misuse, but few were in contact with specialist substance misuse services. Access to these specialist services should be more widely available, and they should work closely with mental health services
- More patients who died by suicide were reported as having economic problems, including homelessness, unemployment and debt
- There has been a rise in the number of suicides by recent UK residents: those who had been in the UK for less than 5 years, including those who were seeking permission to stay
- There are a number of ways in which mental health care is safer for patients, and we now know what services can do to reduce suicide risk:
- Safer wards
- Early follow-up on discharge
- No out-of-area admissions
- 24 hour crisis teams
- Outreach teams
- Dual diagnosis service
- Family involvement in ‘learning lessons’
- Guidance on depression
- Personalised risk management
- Low staff turnover
- In England the number of homicides by people with schizophrenia appears to have risen since 2009, though the numbers are small
- Most patients who committed homicide had a history of alcohol and drug misuse. This was found in all UK countries but was more common in Scotland and Northern Ireland
- June 5: Professor Appleby will be speaking at the British Indian Psychiatric Association's Annual Conference at the Jury's Inn Hinckley Island Hotel In Leicestershire.
***25th May, new Inquiry report published today***
We carried out an examination of suicides by people aged under 20 years who died between January 2014 and April 2015 in England. This is the first phase of a UK-wide investigation into suicides by people aged under 25. We collected data from a range of investigations by official bodies in England, including coroners, local authorities and health services, and identified relevant antecedents prior to suicide. There were 145 suicides and probable suicides by young people in England in the study period. The suicide rate at this age is low but escalates in the late teens. Our findings suggest that numerous experiences and stresses are likely to have contributed to suicide risk in children and young people. Many young people who die by suicide have not expressed recent suicidal ideas, but their absence cannot be assumed to show lack of risk. Improved services for self-harm and access to CAMHS is crucial, but the antecedents identified in this study show that schools, primary care, social services and youth justice also have an important role to play.
For a full copy of the report click here. (PDF, 600KB)
For a copy of the infographics sheet with key messages click here. (PDF, 640KB)
To see a video of Professor Louis Appleby presenting the key findings cilck on the following links: Key findings. What do our findings mean for prevention?
For a copy of the press release click here. (DOCX, 26KB)
A linked academic paper ‘An investigation into suicide in children and young people in England: a consecutive case series’ has been published in The Lancet Psychiatry click here.
- 23 May: Professor Nav Kapur and Dr Sharon McDonnell will be talking about their areas of research at the Pint of Science Festival. As the name suggests, Pint of Science takes place in the pub, with this event at Pie & Ale (Northern Quarter, Manchester) on Monday 23rd May from 7pm.
- 19 May: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting a plenary session focussing on preventing self-harm and suicide at the 7th Asia Pacific IASP meeting in Tokyo. (Event information: Click here)
- 6 May: Professor Louis Appleby is the keynote speaker at Queer Futures Expertise Exchange Conference: Preventing LBGTQ youth suicide and self-harm held at Lancaster University.
- 25 April: Professor Louis Appleby, Professor Nav Kapur and Professor Jenny Shaw visit Dublin to discuss national suicide prevention project based on NCISH model.
- 22 April: NCISH Project Manager Dr Pauline Turnbull presents “Suicide: The national picture and RAID team’s role in prevention” at the National RAID Network Event hosted by Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust. (Event Information: click here)
- 7 April: Professor Louis Appleby launches proposals from his independent review of GMC fitness to practice processes. Read his blog “Putting mental health safety at the heart of fitness to practice processes” by clicking here.
- 30 March: Professor Nav Kapur to present a plenary session on NCISH and MaSH findings at the American Association of Suicidology's 49th Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Event information
- 8 February: Inquiry Head of Suicide Research Professor Nav Kapur to present “Preventing suicide in mental health services: a UK wide perspective from the National Confidential Inquiry” at West Yorkshire Vanguard Zero Suicide conference, Bradford. Event flyer
- 2 February: Inquiry Director Professor Louis Appleby key speaker at first National Suicide Prevention Alliance conference One World Connected in London. Event information
- 12 November: Inquiry Director Prof. Louis Appleby will be giving a presentation 'suicide reduction-risk assessment and specialist care planning' at the Patient First Conference at the Excel Exhibition Centre, London. Conference timetable
- 6 November: Inquiry Director Prof. Louis Appleby will be giving a presentation on the findings of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness at NHS Benchmarking Conference in London Event timetable
6 October Professor Appleby presents at the East Midlands Academic Health Research Network's Mental Health Innovation Exchange Event. For more details of the event click here
- Watch our Professor Nav Kapur's webinar 'Practical solutions for preventing suicide in healthcare settings' click here
***22nd July, new Inquiry report published today***
For a copy of the report click here (pdf, 6.24mb)
For a copy of the press release click here (pdf, 79kb)
For a copy of our infographics sheet for key messages click here (pdf, 242kb)
For a copy of our service user information sheet click here (pdf,195kb)
- Outstanding Benefit to Society Through Research: NCISH, MASH and the Centre for Suicide Prevention highly commended for our work as part of the University of Manchester ‘Making a Difference’ awards. Click here for further information
- 4 February: Healthy services and safer patients. New report form the National Confidentail Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide. A full copy of the report is available here (pdf, 816KB)
- 5th January: National Confidential Inquiry re-awarded suicide and homicide contract. For further details click here
- 7th November Inquiry Director Professor Louis Appleby will be giving a presentation 'Benchmarking suicide and homicide' at the Mental Health Benchmarking annual conference at Dextor House, London. For further information about the event click here
- 5th November Professor Nav Kapur will be chairing 'Working with Young People: Self-harm and Suicide'. A local, multi-disciplinary approach to supporting children and young people in Manchester. This free event will be held at Chancellors Hotel, Manchester 12.45pm-4.45pm. For further information on how to book a place click here
- 4 November: Professor Nav Kapur and Dr Kirsten Windfuhr will be presenting at the HQIP Annual Conference in Nottingham today.
- 29 October: Inquiry Director Prof. Louis Appleby will be giving a presentation 'Can services prevent suicide and homicide?' at a joint academic psychiatric seminar. The event is hosted by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and will take place at the Al-Hikmah Centre in Batley. Click here for to view the presentation slides Event flyer
- 23 September: Suicide Bereavement: The Missing Link in Suicide Prevention. The Centre for Suicide Prevention's Third Suicide Bereavement Conference. The conference is now full. However if you would like to be put on the waiting list for any places due to delegate cancellations please contact the Inquiry Office.
- 11 September: Professor Nav Kapur will be presenting 'Preventing Suicide in Health Services: findings from the National Confidential Inquiry. The event, 'Responding to Suicide Crisis: Research, Policy and Practice' is co-hosted by the National Suicide Research Foundation and Samaritans and will take place at Cork County Hall. For further details click here
- 11 June 2014: Inquiry Director Prof. Louis Appleby will be giving a presentation 'Suicide prevention, mental illness and offenders' at CRSI Conference - 'Lives less known: resilience and inclusion in mental health', Cork. For further information about the conference click here
- 21/22 May 2014: Patient Safety Congress, BT Convention Centre, Liverpool. The Inquiry will have a stand, find out more about our work.
- 18 March: Inquiry Director Prof Louis Appleby speaking at IPCC Mental Health Conference, London - 'Mental health and policing - part of the job'.
- 18 March: The Inquiry will be presenting posters at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Annual Nursing Conference at Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham. For further information about the conference click here
- 5-7 March: Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference, Europa Hotel, Belfast. Professor Jenny Shaw will be presenting on 'Criminal Justice Transitions' andDr Sandra Flynn will be presenting on'Homicide-Suicide and the Role of Mental Disorder'. Professor Louis Appleby will also be speaking about the role of the Care Quality Commission. For further information about the conference click here
- 19 February: The Inquiry will be presenting 2 posters at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership's Annual Research and Development Afternoon at 1829 Building, Countess of Chester Health Park.
- 14 February: SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE-PROJECT SURVEY NOW OPEN
New Study: in-patient suicide whilst under observation: We are seeking service user and clinicians' views and experience of observation on an in-patient ward to help inform our study of this important issue. For more information and to participate click here.
- 20 December: NEW: Overview of the Inquirys work new knowledge, impact of findings and future directions. Click here
- 7 December: New Inquiry paper published. Serious Violence by People with Mental Illness: National Clinical Survey. Key finding: Mental health patients were responsible for 5% of serious violence in England and Wales. Click here for abstract
- 3 December: Suicide Prevention Strategy for Scotland 2013-2016. Inquiry recommendations for service changes inform strategy development. Recommendations for discharge follow up and provision to tackle drug/and/or alcohol misuse prioritised. Strategy document here
- 14-15 October: HQIP Conference -Ensuringsafety, driving improvement.Inquiry won the NCAPOP award for Innovative Dissemination.
- 14-15 October: HQIP Conference -Ensuringsafety, driving improvement, Notts.Prof Nav Kapur and DrK Windfuhr co-presenting session on how clinical audit toolkits can have impact on patient safety.
- 18 September - Suicide Bereavement is Everone's Business: Policy, Research and Practice (pdf, 625KB) The Centre for Suicide Prevention's Second Suicide Bereavement Conference.
- Dr Sharon McDonnell presenting at Gtr Manchester West Suicide Prevention conference entitled Creating Knowledge, Saving Lives on 12th September
- Dr Sharon McDonnell to present at the Console World Suicide Prevention conference in Dublin on 9th September.
- Dr Sharon McDonnelltook part the Walk into the Light' for World Suicide Awareness day on 10 Sept, organised by ifucareshare
- Findings from the Inquiry stakeholder survey: Available here (ppt, 544KB)
- European Research Funding Award to Dr Roger Webb: Understanding the Determinants of Suicidal Behaviour, Serious Accidents and Violence in Young People is a 5-year programme of research, due to commence in early 2014, which is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) award of 1.5 million to Dr Roger Webb. The overarching aim is to identify risk factors that are common across an array of adverse outcomes relating to self-destructive, hazardous and aggressive behaviour, and also those that are specific to particular outcomes.
- NEW REPORT: 4th July 2013 - National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide Annual Report 2013
Professor Louis Appleby presents the key findings from the report
- Changes in UK suicide and homicide rates
- Suicide under Crisis resolution/ Home Treatment
- Suicide method
- In-patient suicide
- Community Treatment Orders
- Homicide and relationship to victim
- Full report 2013 (pdf 6,763KB)
- 25 June 2013 - Quality of Risk Assessment Prior to Suicide and Homicide - A Pilot Study'
- The MaSH Project has published online it's latest newsletter MaSH June 2013 Newspaper.
- The MaSH Project is now on twitter @mashproject
- Professor Appleby attends the Samaritans' 60th Anniversary celebration at Clarence House hosted by their patron HRH the Prince of Wales.
- Depression Awareness Week 15-21st April. Inquiry findings on primary diagnosis of those that die by suicide available here (ppt, 355KB)
- Uplifting poetry! Inquiry work chosen as subject of a series of poems by NHS Northwest writer in residence Char March
- Topic selection process for 2013-15 work programme completed. The Inquiry's Independent Advisory Group selected:
(a) In-patient suicide whilst under observation (pdf, 64KB)
(b) Features of mental health organisations and suicide rate (pdf, 15KB)
Follow the links to find a short summary of the rationale and methodology for these new topics of research.
- 11 February: Professor Nav Kapur interviewed on BBC radio and television following the publication of research into the effects of Government legislation to reduce the pack size of paracetamol showed a 43% reduction in poisoning deaths.
- 10 February: Dr Sharon McDonnell awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship. The fellowship award will enable her to visit Australia and New Zealand to learn from their pioneering suicide bereavement services and bring best practice back to the UK.
- 6 February: Professor Louis Appleby presentation on How can we prevent suicide at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference in Copenhagen.
- 12 December: Start of the National Confidential Inquiry Stakeholder Survey 2012-13
Inquiry online survey seeks views of all stakeholders. NOW CLOSED.
- 5 December: Latest figures on student suicide Available here
- 16 November 2012 Professor Louis Appleby presented our recent findings to the national conference of the Forum for Mental Health Nurse Directors and Leads.
- 8 November 2012 Professor Louis Appleby gave a presentation on suicide to the CPD meeting of the Irish Royal Academy of Medicine.
- 5 November 2012: Safer mental health services toolkit launched
Toolkit based on Inquiry findings made available (pdf,30KB) for mental health service providers to use to help review patient safety.
- 26 October 2012 Prof. Nav Kapur gave presentation on mental health services and suicide prevention at the Emergency Psychiatry Conference, University Dept. of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Ghent.
- 15 October 2012 Prof. Nav Kapur and Dr Jayne Cooper presented findings on self-harm research to All Parliamentary Group on Suicide and Self-Harm at the House of Commons.
- 15 October 2012 Dr Kirsten Windfuhr to present our recent findings to the Cumbria and Lancashire Clinical Audit Network
- 27 September: University hosts Suicide Bereavement Conference
The keynote speaker is President of the American Association of Suicidology, Dr Michelle Linn-Gust.
Parents, health professionals and leading researchers will be coming together to explore the effects of parental bereavement by suicide and to look at new ways to enable health professionals to more confidently support bereaved parents.
The event itself is now fully booked but we will be giving more news about the conference on our website, Twitter and Facebook.
- 12 September: Inquiry data for suicide and homicide in England
A series of slides presenting Inquiry data for England on patient suicide (2000-2010) and homicide (1999-2009) now accessible online (pdf, 189KB)
- 8 September: Stockport and District Mind
Come visit our stand to learn more about NCI work and suicide prevention in Manchester @Stockport and District Mind Family Fun Day, 8th September 2012, from 12:00.
- 12 July: Call to improve safety of home treatment for mental health patients
New findings show suicides under home treatment in England are almost double ward cases. Deaths by suicide among mental health patients treated at home have reached 150 to 200 a year in England, latest national figures reveal but suicides among patients on mental health wards continue to fall. Our annual report recommends mental health services make home treatment teams a priority for suicide prevention.
- 9 July: Loneliness as a major health issue in the news
NCISH findings show that 46% of mental health patients that die by suicide lived alone See: Patients' living circumstances (ppt, 26KB)
- 15 June: Professor Louis Appleby gave a seminar on the epidemiology of violence related to mental disorder at AUSL Bologna.
- 21 May: The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (NCI) invites interested parties to submit original topic proposals for consideration as possible forthcoming themed projects.
Call for research topics will identify new themed projects to be carried out between 2013 and 2015, to complement our core work. The deadline for submission is 28 September 2012.
- 17 May: Psychiatric units safer as in-patient suicide falls
Suicides by psychiatric in-patients have fallen to a new low, the latest National Confidential Inquiry research has found. The study, one of very few to look at trends over time, shows the rate of suicide among psychiatric in-patients fell by between 29% and 31% between 1997 and 2008 with nearly 100 fewer deaths per year.
- 13 March: National Study of Presentations to General Hospitals: Conference announced. In England and Wales there are at least 200,000 self-harm presentations (intentional self-poisoning or self-injury) to general hospital each year, and for the past six years the Manchester Self-Harm project has been participating in a pioneering series of related studies on the epidemiology, causes, clinical management, outcome and prevention of self-harm. A conference has been arranged in Derby UK where the findings from this innovative national collaborative study will be shared with clinicians who encounter self-harm and suicide in mental health and general hospital settings, liaison psychiatric staff and those who plan, commission and manage services, and psychiatric and public health researchers.
- 2nd February: Better NHS services reduce suicide rates
A National Confidential Inquiry study published in The Lancet has for the first time shown a positive link between improvements in mental health services and a reduction in suicide rates. Using nine national recommendations for safer services our researchers compared the rates of suicide in NHS Mental Health Trusts before and after the recommendations were adopted. Those that adopted many saw bigger suicide rate reductions. The recommendations that produced the biggest reduction in suicide rates, when implemented, were the introduction of 24-hour crisis teams, policies for drug and alcohol misuse, and multi-disciplinary reviews after a suicide.
- 10 January: The importance of research undertaken by the National Confidential Inquiry into suicide and homicide and the Multi-Centre Study of Self-Harm in England was highlighted in Parliament today during Health Minister's questions. In response to a question by the Hon Madeleine Moon MP, Health Minister Paul Burstow acknowledged the importance of research into the causes, effects and geographical spread of suicide and its frequent precursor, self-harm. Mr Burstow confirmed that both the NCI and the Manchester Self-Harm Project (which is a key participant in the Multi-Centre Study of Self-Harm in England) are based in the Centre for Suicide Prevention at the University of Manchester. Last year the Government launched its updated National Suicide Prevention Strategy, and Mr Bustow agreed to meet with Mrs Moon and research project leads whilst examining the research priorities to support the new strategy. See: Hansard record of the debate
- 23 November: Professor Nav Kapur chaired the group that developed the new NICE guidelines on the longer term management of self-harm published today.
- Dr Mohammad Rahman to present at the 7th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium at the Department of Psychiatry, Penn Hospital, Wolverhampton. The presentation is entitled 'The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness: Recent Findings and Future Directions'.
- 3 October: The MaSH Project has been joined today by Dr Matthew Haigh who is taking over as Project Manager and by Harriet Bickley who joins the team as a Research Assistant. Matthew completed his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the School of Psychological Sciences and has expertise in the areas of reasoning, communication and decision making. Harriet joins the team from the National Confidential Inquiry where her interests included a case control study identifying risk factors for suicide of inpatients and post-discharge patients.
- 29 September: Work by University of Manchester researchers working in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Oxford and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust compared risk factors for deaths given verdicts of suicide and accidental death following self-harm. Dr Jayne Cooper, a co-author of the publication in Psychological Medicine said "This research was novel in comparing risk factors for those who die from suicide following self-harm to those who receive a verdict of accidental death. The study provides evidence that there are shared risk factors for suicide and accidental death, as well as some features more distinct to suicide risk. Differences may be related to the criteria that guide coroners' verdicts." The summary of the paper and link to the full journal article can be found on this website at: MaSH Publications
- 28 September: Dr Kirsten Windfuhr to present at the University of Sheffield's Academic Clinical Psychiatry Research Seminar at the Longley Centre, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. The presentation is entitled 'The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness: Recent Findings and Future Directions'.
- 13-17 September: Professor Nav Kapur invited to speak at the 26th International Association for Suicide Prevention Conference, Beijing. Professor Kapur's presentation is entitled 'Health services and suicide prevention: past, present and future'.
- 1 September: Management of the Inquiry transferred to the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). For further information, see: HQIP takes over Clinical Outcome Review Programmes
- 19 July: The Inquiry's 2011 annual report for England, Wales and Scotland available. Download a copy of the:
- 8 July: The latest MaSH research study 'First episode of self-harm in older age: a report from the 10-year prospective Manchester Self-Harm project' has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Self-harm is closely related to completed suicide, especially in older age. As empirical research of self-harm in older age is scarce, with no studies confined to first-ever episodes in older age, we examined the clinical characteristics and the risk of repetition in first-ever self-harm in older age.
Dr Nitin Purandare, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist was the senior author on this paper in collaboration with the MaSH research team. Dr Purandare was quoted as saying 'over a half of all older people who present to a hospital with self-harm are presenting with the first episode and the rate of repetition is lower but repetition is more often fatal among older people presenting with the first episode of self harm.'
For full details, see: MaSH publications, research and audits
- 29 June: The Inquiry's latest major report 'Suicide and Homicide in Northern Ireland' is now available. To download a copy of the full and executive summary please click on the links below.
- 28 June-1 July: Professor Appleby to receive and Honorary Award from the at the 40th Anniversary International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Brighton. Dr Mohammad Rahman wil be presenting on Suicide in Vulnerable Groups.
- 16 June: Professor Louis Appleby spoke about the Inquiry's findings on suicide and homicide at a Clinical Risk Update meeting organised by Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Eastleigh.
13 May: The Manchester Self-Harm Project (MaSH) have published the latest report on self-harm in Manchester for the period 2008 and 2009. The report provides information on the social, demographic and clinical characteristics of self-harming individuals together with characteristics of self-harm episodes and their management in the Emergency Department.
Dr Jayne Cooper, Head of Research for MaSH, said "The rate of self-harm in Manchester has been declining steadily since 2003. Overall rates have continued to decline in 2008 and 2009, however, the rate of self-harm has increased for some male age groups. There has been a significant increase in the self-harm rate amongst males aged 35+ between 2008 and 2009, and in 2008 and 2009 males aged 15 to 24 had the highest rate of self-harm among males overall."
- 18 April: Professor Jenny Shaw gave a presentation on 'Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System' as part of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's National Speaker Programme, at St George's Hospital, Staffordshire.
- 14-16 March: Professor Nav Kapur gave the presentation 'Use of innovative technologies in suicide prevention' at the United States Department of Defense and Veteran's Affairs conference on Suicide Prevention, Hynes Convention Centre, Boston, Massachusetts
- 2-4 February: Professor Louis Appleby gavethe conference key note speech 'Developments in Offender Mental Health' andProfessor Nav Kapur presented 'Self-harm and Suicide' as a clinical training session at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany.
- 2 February: Dr Shaiyan Rahman gave a presentation about the Inquiry at a Special Lecture Series organised by the University of Edinburgh.
- January 2011
- 18 January: Dr Shaiyan Rahman gave a presentation on the research of the Inquiry at a Research Seminar organised by Somerset Partnership NHS Trust.
- Research award update: The National Patient Safety Agency has awarded the Inquiry the contract to deliver the Mental Health element of its Clinical Outcome Review Programme.
- 23 November: Dr Kirsten Windfuhr presented Inquiry findings on alcohol and suicide to the Scottish Association for Mental Health Winter Conference, Glasgow Marriott, Glasgow.
- 29 October: the Inquiry's second report into independent investigations following homicide published. To read the report click here.
- 29 September: Dr Shayian Rahman presented at the Health and Social Care Advisory Service colloquium Independent Homicide Investigations: Conflicts, Challanges and Opportunities in London.
- 10 September: to mark International Suicide Prevention Day, Professor Nav Kapur, Dr Alyson Williams and Dr Isabelle Hunt presented at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust Suicide Prevention Effectiveness Day, Longford Sports Stadium, Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester
- 1-4 September: Professor Nav Kapur chaired a symposium at the 13th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour in Rome. There were two Inquiry posters (i)The timing of suicide, by Dr David While; (ii) Receipt of treatment by people with depressive disorder: a national clinical survey, Pauline Turnbull.
- Professor Louis Appleby gave a presentation about the research of the Inquiry at the conference 'Enhancing understandings and improving practice', University of Sussex, Brighton.
- Professor Louis Appleby addressed an event examining the reporting of mental illness and risk of violence by the press. Delegates included senior editorial staff and crime correspondents. The event was jointly organised by Shift and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
- Professor Jenny Shaw hosted a symposium on the Homicide findings of the National Confidential Inquiry at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Annual Conference in Vancouver. Presentations include Timing of homicide: the temporal patterns of homicide offences presented by Alison Roscoe, A population based study of juvenile perpetrators of homicide in England and Wales presented by Cathryn Rodway, Victims of homicide with mental illness presented by Damian Da Cruz and Filicide presented by Sandra Flynn.
- 15 April: Visit by Dr Frederick Walberg and Dr Ewa Ness from the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Oslo. The focus of the visit was to discuss Inquiry methodology.
- 24 March Professor Louis Appleby announced as the first National Clinical Director for Health and Criminal Justice. For more information click here.
- 20-24 March: Professor Nav Kapur visited the Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand as the 2010 Chad Buckle Fellow. Workshops and discussions included: 'Can mental health services prevent suicide?' and 'Managing self-harm in hospital settings and 'Risk and mental health services'. On Friday 24th March he gave the Chad Buckle Fellowship: Public Lecture 'Suicidal Behaviour: Causes and Prevention'. For more about Professor Kapur and the Chad Buckle Fellowship click here.
- 5-11 February 2010 Professor Louis Appleby was invited to present a series of lectures on mental healthy reform and suicide prevention in Japan. Including:
'Mental Health Reform and Schizophrenia in England' - 6th Annual Meeting of the Research Group for Schizophrenia.
'Recent mental health service reform: results and future vision' - Tokyo, Training Course Conference hosted by the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (JSPN); also Osaka & Kobe.
'Suicide Prevention in England', hosted by the Japanese National Suicide Prevention Centre.
- 28 January 2010 Dr Anna Pearson presenting findings from the Inquiry's study of independent investigations following homicide at 'Embedding the Learning in Mental Health' organised by NHS London.
- 27-28 January 2010 Visit by Norwegian Government Commission on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Care Services tolearn more about the work of the Inquiry.
- 10-11 December 2009 Professor Louis Appleby attended 'Prevention of Depression and Suicide - Making it Happen' organised jointly by the Ministry of Health (Hungary) and DG Health and Consumers and in collaboration with the World Health organisation, Budapest.
- 26 November 2009 Dr Kirsten Windfuhr, gave keynote presentation on the work of the Inquiry. 'Curious Minds' Research Conference organised by the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
- 25 November 2009 Professor Louis Appleby, gave the keynote presentation 'Suicide and Homicide: The challenge of prevention'. At the 2nd National Reporting and Learning Service Mental Health Conference, National Patient Safety Agency.
- 24 November 2009 Professor Nav Kapur present the Inquiry's recent findings on suicide among young veterans at the Combat Stress conference, Manchester Conference Centre.
- 13 November 2009 Professor Appleby presented 'National Confidential Inquiries into Suicides and Homicides' at the Joint Meeting of CPsychI/European Division (RCPsych), Croke Park Stadium, Dublin.
- 9-10 November 2009 Dr Anna Pearson presented 'Independent investigations after homicide by People with Mental Illness' at the Patient Safety Summit 2009, organised by the Leeds Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
- 1-2 October 2009 Professor Appleby attended the World Health Organisation 'Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)', Geneva, Switzerland. More information.
- Annual Report for England and Wales July 2009. Full report
- 4th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. Roehampton University, London - 13th to 14th July 2009. Inquiry presentations: 'A population-based study of juvenile perpetrators of homicide in England and Wales', Ms Cathy Rodway; 'Suicide in children and adolescents in the UK', Dr Kirsten Windfuhr.
- National Patient Safety Agency: Rapid Response Report - Preventing harm to children by parentls with mental health needs. Issued to mental health trust Chief Executives May 2009. More information: Rapid Response Report RRR supporting information.
- Professor Louis Appleby invited as keynote speaker at Substance misuse, mental health and offending meeting. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Sussex Police, Slaugham Manor, West Sussex - 5th June 2009.
- Professor Louis Appleby presented 'Public safety and inquiry culture'. Royal College of Psychiatrists AGM - 4th June 2009.
- Inquiry publication: Suicide pacts in the mentally ill: A national clinical survey. Hunt, IM., While, D., Windfuhr, K.,Swinson, N., Shaw, J., Appleby, L. & Kapur, N. Psychiatry Research (2009) 167, pp131-138. For abstract see Inquiry publications 2009.
- The 42nd Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology. San Francisco, USA 15th to 18th April 2009. Inquiy presentation Suicide and Occupation in People with Mental Illness, Ms Pauline Turnbull
- Inquiry publication: Suicide after leaving the UK armed forces - a cohort study: Kapur, N, While, D, Blatchley, N, Bray, I & Harrison, K; PLOS Medicine (2009): Vol 6, Issue 3. Press release.
- Professor Louis Appleby gave a Keynote Presentation at the Men's Mental Health Conference on 3rd March 2009 organised by The University of Reading, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Charlie Waller Institue. Professor Appleby will present "New Horizon's: What next on Mental Health Reform".More information.
- Professor Louis Appleby invited to lecture at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The two lectures were entitled 'The National Suicide Prevention Strategy in England' and 'Can Mental Health Services Prevent Suicide?'
- Professor Nav Kapur gave the keynote presentation at a National Suicide Research Foundation seminar, "Identifying High Risk Groups to Prevent Suicide - The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide in the UK" University College Cork, Ireland.
- Professor Louis Appleby CBE presented at the National Patient Safety Agency conference Patient Safety in Mental Health: Driving Seven Steps for Safer Services, Leeds, 26th November. More information.
- Inquiry Publication: Suicide by Juveniles and Adoloescents in the United Kingdom: Windfuhr K, While D, Hunt I, Turnbull P, Lowe R, Burns J, Swinson N, Shaw J, Appleby L, Kapur N and the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness; The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry: 49:11 (2008), pp 1155-1165
The paper reports a declining rate of young suicide between 1997 and 2003. For further information see press release.
- Professor Louis Appleby invited to give presentation on suicide prevention at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Lausanne, 15th October.
- Ethnicity findings presented in Hong Kong. Dr Jayne Cooper, Head of Research for the Manchester Self-Harm Project is to present some key findings from the project's work on ethnicity to the 3rd Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
- MaSH Publication: Communication between secondary and primary care following self-harm: are National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines being met? Cooper, J; Murphy, EK; Jordan, R; Mackway-Jones, K
- Key Note speech to Samaritans Annual Conference (University of York, UK, 19th-21st September) given by Professor Nav Kapur.For more information on the work of the Samaritans please click on the following link: The Samaritans
- Report for the Scottish Government:National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness: Lessons for mental health care in Scotland'.
The Inquiry's fourth major report focusing on suicide and homicide in Scotland. The full report, summary report and press release are available as PDFs to download.
- MaSH Publication: Hospital care and repetition following self-harm: multicentre comparison of self-poisoning and self-injury.
Journal or book title: Br J Psychiatry Lilley, R; Owens, D; Horrocks, J; House, A; Noble, R; Bergen, H; Hawton, K; Casey, D; Simkin, S; Murphy, EEK; Cooper, J; Kapur, NN