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Suicide and self-harm

Contact details 
Dr Ann John 
Clinical Associate Professor in Public Mental Health
Consultant in Public Health Wales, Lead for Suicide and Self-harm Prevention
3rd Floor, ILS 2, College of Medicine, Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea
SA2 8PP


Tel: 01792 602568
Email: A.John@swansea.ac.uk 


Summary

Suicide is a tragic cause of death, and a cause of considerable distress for families, carers and health professionals. On average for every suicide, six other people are significantly adversely affected.  Similarly, self-harm is associated with significant psychological distress.  Unfortunately, self-harm is a major health problem in Wales, with a large number of attendances to hospital Emergency Departments and also often goes unreported in the community.

In order to try and reduce both suicide and self-harm we need a better understanding of underlying factors and geographical variations  This clinical research group has been formed to promote research in this important area. It is an international, multi-disciplinary group that includes psychiatry, psychology, sociology, nursing, and human geography and brings together collaborators from Wales, England, France and Italy.  Members include academics, clinicians, voluntary sector workers, community groups, survivors of attempted suicide, and those bereaved through suicide. The group aims to carry out research at the population, community, family and individual level.  In addition we hope to be involved in introducing preventive strategies and trialling interventions both as leaders of research projects and as members of larger collaborations.