Projects relating to Self-Harm
MaSH projects: completed
The Manchester Self-Harm Project (Initial Project - 1 April 1997 to 31 March 2002)
The purpose of MaSH is to inform local services about self-harm patients and contribute to national research. We disseminate our findings at national and international conferences, in peer reviewed journals and locally to service providers. Locally, MaSH data is presented at clinical audit meetings, research and development forums and in the training of staff and medical students.
- To monitor patterns of self-harm locally
- To evaluate self-harm services
- To provide the evidence on which service development and training may be based
- To provide an infrastructure for further research on patterns of self-harm and their clinical management
- To inform and make recommendations on national suicide prevention initiatives
Duration of the project
1997 to 2002
Local health research programmes led by the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
Members of the project
|Dr Jayne Cooper||Principal investigator|
|Professor Nav Kapur||Co-investigator|
How and where MaSH Operates
The MaSH Project monitors and collects information on all patients presenting following a self-harm episode to three emergency departments in the City of Manchester.
The MaSH Project team is bound by strict confidentiality policies. No identifiable data is ever released and only anonymous and aggregate data are published.
MaSH is identified as an audit by the Local Research Ethics Committees of the National Research Ethics Service.
The MaSH Project operates to the principles established in the Caldicott Report, and has full data sharing protocols with the participating sites.
MaSH operates to ISO/IEC 27002 (BS7799), is fully compliant with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and receives NIGB support under Section 251 of the National Health Service Act 2006.
The information collected by the MaSH Project Team includes details of the self-harm episode, socio-demographic characteristics, clinical characteristics, current mental state, clinical assessment of risk and subsequent management.
MaSH also acts as a research resource for additional projects.
Full details are available at www.manchester.ac.uk/mash
- Kapur, N., House, A., Dodgson, K., Chris, M., Marshall, S., Tomenson, B., & Creed, F. (2002). Management and costs of deliberate self-poisoning in the general hospital: A multi-centre study. Journal of Mental Health, 11(2), 223-230. DOI: 10.1080/09638230020023606. Publication link: 51e91700-db94-400c-8bc1-63b0dbd5b412
- Hawton, K., Townsend, E., Deeks, J., Appleby, L., Gunnell, D., Bennewith, O., & Cooper, J. (2001). Effects of legislation restricting pack sizes of paracetamol and salicylate on self poisoning in the United Kingdom: before and after study. BMJ, 322 (7296), 1203-1207. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1203. Publication link: 37b6efd9-9f0f-4f65-b794-8b9d712b0d57
- Hawton, K., Appleby, L., Platt, S., Foster, T., Cooper, J., Malmberg, A., & Simkin, S. (1998). The psychological autopsy approach to studying suicide: A review of methodological issues. Journal of Affective Disorders, 50(2-3), 269-276. DOI: 10.1016/S0165-0327(98)00033-0. Publication link: 47186481-13c1-4d10-b75c-5cb25f6627db
- Kapur, N., House, A., Creed, F., Feldman, E., Friedman, T., & Guthrie, E. (1998). Management of deliberate self poisoning in adults in four teaching hospitals: Descriptive study. BMJ, 316(7134), 831-832. . Publication link: 2a5de007-1c70-4146-a510-11c62e80b053