The Manchester Self-Harm Project (MaSH) was founded in 1997. MaSH is a leading UK centre for the study of self-harm and suicidal behaviour.

The MaSH Project forms a part of the Department of Health funded Multicentre Study of Self-Harm in England.

News and Information 2018

27th September 2018 - New paper using novel propensity score analysis on self-harm data

In our paper "Suicide and all-cause mortality following routine hospital management of self-harm: Propensity score analysis using multicentre cohort data", we examine associations between four types of hospital management.

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9th October 2018 - Research Associate Harriet Bickley will be hosting the MaSH exhibition stand at the NCISH 5th Annual Conference

The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health will host their 5th Annual Conference on 9th October 2018.

MaSH Research Associate Harriet Bickley will be hosting the MaSH exhibition stand at the Conference to discuss the work of the MaSH Project, highlight our findings and answer any questions that attendees may have.

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26th September 2018 Research Associate Harriet Bickley will be be hosting the MaSH exhibition stand at the Suicide Bereavement Conference

Suicide Bereavement UK's 7th International Conference 'Suicide Bereavement: Breaking the Silence' will be held in Manchester on 26th September 2018. MaSH Research Associate Harriet Bickley will be be hosting the MaSH exhibition stand at the Conference to discuss the work of the MaSH Project, highlight our findings and answer any questions that attendees may have.

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5th to 9th September 2018 - Dr Caroline Clements to present at the 17th ESSSB

Dr Caroline Clements will be presenting our work on Self-Harm in midlife at the ESSSB Conference in Ghent from 5th to 9th September 2018.

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16th March 2018 - Prof Nav Kapur will be speaking at the "Working Together" conference

Professor Nav Kapur will be speaking at the "Working Together: Suicide Prevention Conference" in Derby.

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14th February 2018 - New paper regarding relative toxicity

In our paper "Relative toxicity of benzodiazepines and hypnotics commonly used for self-poisoning: An epidemiological study of fatal toxicity and case fatality", the relative toxicity of anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs commonly used for self-poisoning was assessed using data on suicides, prescriptions and non-fatal self-poisonings in England, 2005–2012.

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1st February 2018 - Dr Caroline Clements to present at the Suicide Prevention Conference at Salford University

Dr Caroline Clements will be presenting our work on Self-Harm to a Suicide Prevention conference at Salford University on 1st February 2018, where other expert speakers from NHS, social care and the charity sector will also explain what more can be done to support those at risk of taking their own life.

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30th January 2018 - Prof Nav Kapur presents to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention

Ensuring that MP's are properly informed about the research findings we make is an important part of the work of the Manchester Self-Harm Project.

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23rd January 2018 - Dr Caroline Clements presents to the GMMHT Suicide Prevention Group

Ensuring that service providers are properly informed about the research findings we make is an important part of the work of the Manchester Self-Harm Project.

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17th January 2018 - Dr Caroline Clements presents to the Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention Executive Group Of the GM Combined Authority

Ensuring that the people who co-ordinate and direct services in the city are properly informed about the research findings we make is an important part of the work of the Manchester Self-Harm Project.

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January 2018 - New paper Published

The care received by people presenting to hospital following self-harm varies and it is unclear how different types of treatment affect risk of further self-harm.

Our paper "Routine hospital management of self-harm and risk of further self-harm: propensity score analysis using record-based cohort data" shows the potential value of using novel statistical techniques in large mental health datasets to estimate treatment effects.

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2nd January 2018 - New paper Published

In our paper "The predictive accuracy of risk scales following self-harm: multicentre, prospective cohort study" we aim to evaluate the performance of risk scales (Manchester Self-Harm Rule, ReACT Self-Harm Rule, SAD PERSONS Scale, Modified SAD PERSONS Scale, Barratt Impulsivity Scale); and patient and clinician estimations of risk in identifying patients who repeat self-harm within six months.

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News and Information 2017

12th Dec 2017 - New paper Published

In our paper "Incidence of suicide, hospital-presenting non-fatal self-harm, and community-occurring non-fatal self-harm in adolescents in England (the iceberg model of self-harm): a retrospective study" we estimated the incidence of suicide, hospital-presenting non-fatal self-harm, and community-occurring non-fatal self-harm in adolescents in England.

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5th December 2017 - 20 Years of the Manchester Self-Harm Project

To comemorate 20 years of research at the Manchester Self-Harm Project the Team presented our research findings, methodologies and prospective workplan to a gathering of clinicials, charitities and service users at the Manchester Friends Meeting Hall.

The team were joined by MaSH co-founders Professor Louis Appleby and Dr Jayne Cooper for what proved to be a very successful and popular event.

 

1st December 2017 - New MaSH Infographic for 2012-2104 Launched

MaSH Researcher Bushra Farooq has published a new infographic demonstrating the key facts concerning self-harm in Manchester from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014.  The graphic is now published on the MaSH Website and being used at stalls and events.

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8th November 2017 - Research Associate Harriet Bickley at CIMH Conference

The Global Mental Health and Cultural Psychiatry research group held their 7th Culture and International Mental Health Conference in Manchester on Wednesday 8th November 2017.

MaSH Research Associate Harriet Bickley was at the Conference to discuss the work of the MaSH Project, highlight our findings and answer any questions that attendees may have.

 

18th October 2018 - New paper Published

In our paper "Incidence, clinical management, and mortality risk following self harm among children and adolescents: cohort study in primary care" we set out to examine temporal trends in sex and age specific incidence of self harm in children and adolescents, clinical management patterns, and risk of cause specific mortality following an index self harm episode at a young age.

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10th October 2017 - Research Associate Harriet Bickley at the 4th NCISH Conference

The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide held their 4th Conference on 10th October 2017

MaSH Research Associate Harriet Bickley MaSH was at the Conference to discuss the work of the MaSH Project, highlight our findings and answer any questions that attendees may have.

 

27th September 2017 - Research Associate Harriet Bickley at the 4th International Suicide Beravement Conference

4th Interenational Suicide Bereavement Conference was Manchester on 27th September 2017.

MaSH Research Associate Harriet Bickley MaSH was at the Conference to discuss the work of the MaSH Project, highlight our findings and answer any questions that attendees may have.

 

20th March 2017 - The MaSH Team attended the Greater Manchester Mental Health Suicide Prevention Day

Mash Project Manager, Caroline Clements, presented the work of the Mash Project to the conference

The Team were also present at the conference to discuss the work of the MaSH Project, highlight our findings and answer any questions that attendees may have.

 

1st March 2017 - Harriet Bickley to present at the Harmless Annual Conference

MaSH Researcher Harriet Bickley is honoured to be the keynote speaker at the Harmless annual conference. She will be presenting MaSH and Multi-Centre of Self-Harm results, giving context to the rest of the conference. Harmless.org.uk are a user-led organisation, doing amazing work around self-harm, and are co-founded by the inspirational Caroline Harroe.

 

 

8th February 2017 - Research Associate Harriet Bickley at INSITE Conference

Inpatient Suicide Intervention and Therapy and Evaluation (INSITE) held their Conference on Wednesday 8th February 2017.

MaSH Research Associate Harriet Bickley was at the Conference to discuss the work of the MaSH Project, highlight our findings and answer any questions that attendees may have.

 

News and Information 2016

May 2016 - 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.

 

 

Aims

The aims of the Manchester Self-Harm Project are:

  • 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

Purpose

The purpose of the Manchester Self-Harm Project 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.

MaSH Reports

Our biennial reports provide updates on numbers and trends of self-harm presentations to Emergency Departments in Manchester.

This data is collected in collaboration with the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Emergency Departments at Manchester Royal Infirmary (part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), North Manchester General Hospital (part of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) and Wythenshawe Hospital (part of University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust).

Multi-Centre and other Reports

Research Papers

Our latest findings include research into the impact of the recent recession on self-harm; a systematic review evaluating risk scales using measures of diagnostic accuracy; and the exacerbating influence of hopelessness on other known risk factors for repeat self-harm and suicide.

We disseminate our research findings in peer reviewed journals. 

Visit our publications page for a full list of our Publications going back to our foundation in 1997.

Seminars and Conferences

We disseminate our findings at national and international conferences and locally to service providers at clinical audit meetings, research and development forums and in the presentations to staff and medical students.

Structure

The Manchester Self-Harm Studies operate from the Centre for Mental Health and Risk at the University of Manchester. The Manchester Self-Harm Project is a particpant in the Multi-Centre Study of Self-harm in England alongside other centres of excellence in Oxford and Derby.