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
12 November: Inquiry Director Prof. Louis Appleby will be giving a presentation 'suicide reduction-risk assessment and specialist care planning' at the Patient First Conference at the Excel Exhibition Centre, London. Conference timetable
6 November: Inquiry Director Prof. Louis Appleby will be giving a presentation on the findings of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness at NHS Benchmarking Conference in London Event timetable
6 October Professor Appleby presents at the East Midlands Academic Health Research Network's Mental Health Innovation Exchange Event. For more details of the event click here
Watch our Professor Nav Kapur's webinar 'Practical solutions for preventing suicide in healthcare settings' click here
***22nd July, new Inquiry report published today***
For a copy of the report click here (pdf, 6.24mb)
For a copy of the press release click here (pdf, 79kb)
For a copy of our infographics sheet for key messages click here (pdf, 242kb)
For a copy of our service user information sheet click here (pdf,195kb)
For details of the report launch click here
Outstanding Benefit to Society Through Research: NCISH, MASH and the Centre for Suicide Prevention highly commended for our work as part of the University of Manchester ‘Making a Difference’ awards. Click here for further information
*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