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The excellent work of the Centre for Suicide Research is making a real difference in the work of suicide reduction. Samaritans has found their input into the development of our media guidelines work invaluable and is proud to be working with them.Catherine Johnstone, Former CEO, Samaritans

At the Centre for Suicide Research we translate findings about the extent and nature of self-harm and suicide into implications for prevention and treatment. We are proud that our work has had tangible benefits in terms of saving lives.

Our work has contributed to national regulations that have restricted availability of drugs used for suicide, particularly painkillers, which we have shown to have had major beneficial impacts.  We have also developed resources for people bereaved by suicide, for parents and carers of young people who self-harm, and for prevention of suicide clusters.

We collaborate with a range of researchers in both the UK and other countries worldwide and lead the Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England. We are partners in a Wellcome Trust funded initiative to reduce suicide in Sri Lanka, which provides a model for other countries in Asia.

Our  NIHR Programme Grant in support of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy has extended our ability to contribute to understand and prevention of suicide and self-harm.

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More attention to patients' needs important to prevent suicide after presentation to hospital for self-harm

A study spanning 16 years including nearly 50,000 patients who presented to five general hospitals across England on more than 90,000 occasions following self-harm has shown that suicide risk was very high compared to the general populations in the year following the hospital visits, and even more so in the first month.

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