Improving safety - reducing risk
We are internationally recognised as an outstanding centre of research into:
- suicide and self harm
- homicide and violence
- offenders' mental health
- the impact of mental illness on families
Our research has had a major influence on UK policy and practice since 1996. Today it continues to deliver fresh insights that enable health professionals, service providers, policy-makers, patients, offenders and their families to explore opportunities to:
- improve safety and reduce risk
- prevent suicide and self-harm
- combat the stigma of mental illness
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Our core research
National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness
The Inquiry features our long established research into suicide, unexplained death and homicide by mental health patients across the UK. It produces regular national reports for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Manchester Self-Harm Project
The MaSH Project researches and audits self-harm presentations at the three Emergency Departments in the City of Manchester. It produces biennial reports on the characteristics, demographics and needs of service users.
Offender Health Research Network
A multi-disciplinary network focused on offender health care research. In addition to undertaking high-quality funded research designed to inform policy and practice, we also provide opportunities for knowledge dissemination, staff training and service user involvement in research.
- Professor Appleby attends the Samaritans' 60th Anniversary celebration at Clarence House hosted by their patron HRH the Prince of Wales. For further information on the Samaritans and their work click here
- Professor Louis Appleby appointed as non executive director to the CQC. Press release.
- National Study of Self-inflicted Death by Prisoners 2008-2010. Report on self-inflicted deaths in prison in E&W: Longitudinal trends, young prisoner deaths. Click here
Safer mental health services toolkit launched
Self-assessment toolkit to help services find out if they are in line with Inquiry recommendations on patient safety.
- Read: Faculty News Hub (Centre for Mental Health and Risk)
The Centre's research is led by senior academics and clinicians with a worldwide reputation for pioneering improvements in understanding and professional practice.
Professor Louis Appleby CBE
The Centre's Director who has played a key role in shaping Government mental health policy for over 15 years.
Professor Nav Kapur
A leading researcher into causes, treatment and prevention of suicidal behaviour, closely involved in establishing the national self-harm guidelines and suicide prevention strategy.
Professor Jenny Shaw
At the forefront of research to improve mental health and the provision of care in prison populations.
Dr Roger Webb
An experienced researcher with expertise in conducting large cohort and case-control studies derived from population-based datasets, his work focuses on suicide, unnatural death and harmful outcomes for mentally-ill people and their families.
Dr Jayne Cooper
Internationally recognised for her work on the causes, treatment and prevention of self-harming behaviour, Jayne has an established track record of working collaboratively with health professionals to improve services for people who self-harm.