Regional suicide research event a success

Experts from across the North West have come together to share their latest research in the area of suicide and self-harm. 

Held at the University of Manchester, the goals of the free event were to provide an opportunity to network and identify research priorities for self-harm and suicide prevention across the region.

Senior clinicians on the front line of suicide prevention presented updates on their current research, while service users presented an expert-by-experience insight. Researchers from several north west universities helped facilitate group debates on children and young people, offenders, crisis intervention services and self-harm and suicidal Ideation in the community.

Representatives from 3rd sector organisations, supporting people who self-harm or experience suicidal behaviours, were also in attendance.

The event was hosted by Angela Samata (pictured), who recently presented the BBC1 BAFTA nominated film ‘Life After Suicide’. Angela said: “I would like to thank everyone for bringing their experiences and skills together as sharing knowledge and information are such an important part of research.”


Co-ordinated by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC), its Knowledge Exchange Theme Research Manager Pooja Saini commented: “This has been a very successful event in shaping the ideas for research moving forward.”

In the UK there were 6,233 adult suicides registered in 2013; 252 more than in 2012 (a 4% increase; Office for National Statistics, 2015), which equates to 11.9 deaths per 100,000 population. The male suicide rate was more than three times higher than the female rate, with 19.0 male deaths per 100,000 compared to 5.1 female deaths. Furthermore, the UK has one of the highest rates of self-harm (irrespective of intent) in Europe at 400 per 100,000 of population (Horrocks & House, 2002; Schmidtke et al., 1996).

According to the Office for National Statistics (2015), the age-standardised suicide rate for the North West in 2013 was 12.3 deaths per 100,000; the third highest in England after the North East (13.8) and South West (12.5), with the highest rate amongst men aged 45 to 59, at 25.1 deaths per 100,000, the highest for that age group since 1981.

More articles     Posted on: 12 June 2017