The Centre for Mental Health and Safety (formerly Centre for Mental Health and Risk) are an internationally recognised research centre that 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
Leading our research
The Centre's research is led by senior academics and clinicians with a worldwide reputation for pioneering improvements in understanding and professional practice.
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- National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness
Research into suicide and homicide by mental health patients across the UK and the sudden unexplained death of psychiatric in-patients in England and Wales.
- Manchester Self-Harm Project
Research into and audit of self-harm presentations at the three Emergency Departments in the City of Manchester.
- Offender Health Research Network
A multi-disciplinary research network focused on offender health care research.
- Epidemiological Research with National Danish Registers
Understanding the Determinants of Multiple Adverse Outcomes in Young People.
- Bereavement by suicide
Research to identify the needs and experiences of those bereaved or affected by suicide (postvention).
Latest news and announcements
*NEW: Centre name change*
We have renamed our research centre the Centre for Mental Health and Safety to reflect the increased focus on safety in healthcare services and to capture the positive preventative messages from our research findings – Professor Louis Appleby, Director.
In-patient Suicide Under Observation
Suicidal patients who are under observation may be put at risk by relying on inexperienced staff and agency nurses, according to a new report. We found 18 deaths by suicide per year in in-patients under observation across the UK during 2006-12.
Self-Injury Awareness Day (1st March)
The latest figures released by University of Manchester experts show that self-harm rates in Manchester are increasing. New data has been made available by the Manchester Self-Harm Project (MaSH).
Healthy services and safer patients
New NCISH report (PDF 816KB). We examined whether suicide rates were related to the way NHS mental health services were organised based on staff and patient surveys and national databases.
For a copy of the full report and press release please see NCI