Working together to improve research into suicide and self-harm

A new research collaborative has been established to help prevent suicides and reduce self-harm across our region.

 

The North East North Cumbria Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaborative brings together regional university partners, health and care system providers and people with personal experience to increase the scope, reduce any gaps and enhance the impact of self-harm and suicide prevention related research.  It is led by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW), as part of its role within Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NHIP).

 

By bringing partners together, the North East North Cumbria Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaborative sets out to:

  • Translate the interest around suicide and self-harm into a programme of work to help foster collaboration in research and implementation.​
  • Facilitate the co-creation and delivery of research, embedding lived experience throughout all activities, helping to ensure research is directed by the aims and values of people with lived experience.​
  • Be responsive to the needs of local populations and health and care systems.​
  • Help ensure research is embedded into services and practice.​
  • Help increase the rate at which research findings are implemented into practice.​
  • Provide a supportive environment to all partners working in this difficult and sometimes distressing area of research.​
  • Contribute to the reduction in stigma around self-harm and suicide.

 

Katherine McGleenan, clinical lead for suicide prevention at CNTW, leads the North East North Cumbria Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaborative. She said: “With around 350 deaths by suicide across our region every year, which is way above the national average, this collaborative has been brought together with an absolute commitment to a vision that one suicide is one too many.

 

“Our aim is to bring together a wider number of perspectives into the discussion about how research into suicide prevention and self-harm can be developed and delivered to maximise its impact.”

 

Resources

The collaborative aims to provide accurate and up to date information on recent research into suicide and self harm, as well as upcoming events which may be of interest in this area.  The group therefore recently launched the NHS Futures platform which hosts a number of valuable resources, you can access the website here: North East and North Cumbria Suicide and Self Harm Prevention Research Collaborative – FutureNHS Collaboration Platform

 

Events

The North East North Cumbria Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaborative is hosting a workshop entitled “Working together to tackle suicide in the health and care workforce” on Friday 1 March 2024, at 9am until 1pm via Teams.

The event aims to share information on current research into suicide and self harm, as well as regional and national priorities in this area. Attendees will also hear a personal account from someone with lived experience.

The session includes a range of speakers and hopes to bring together academics, practitioners and individuals interested in suicide and self-harm.  To register, please email liveswithhope@cntw.nhs.uk.

 

Simon Douglas, Director of Research, Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness at CNTW and Programme Lead at NHIP added: “By hosting events and developing the NHS Futures website, the group has been able to involve and keep in touch with a much broader range of stakeholders and bring a wider number of perspectives into the discussion about how research into suicide can be developed and delivered to maximise impact.

“NHIP brings together partners in research to help reduce health inequalities and improve health outcomes, and this project is a perfect example of how much we can achieve together when we work collaboratively.”

For more information on the North East North Cumbria Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaborative, please email liveswithhope@cntw.nhs.uk.

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