From grief to hope: The collective voice of those bereaved or affected by suicide in the UK

This research report on the Impact of Suicide in the UK was published on 18th November 2020. It has been led by University of Manchester in collaboration with the SASP. It shows a poignant, personal and full picture of the impact of suicide on the lives of individuals, families, colleagues and professionals. It recognises progress made […]

Mental health and well-being during the second wave of COVID-19: Longitudinal analyses of the UK COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing study (UK COVID-MH)

Background: Waves 1 to 3 (March 2020 to May 2020) of the UK COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing study suggested an improvement in some indicators of mental health across the first 6 weeks of the UK lockdown; however, suicidal ideation increased. Aims: To report the prevalence of mental health and well-being of adults in the […]

Online harms? Suicide-related online experience: A UK-wide case series study of young people who die by suicide

BackgroundFew studies have examined online experience by young people who die by suicide. MethodsA 3-year UK-wide consecutive case series of all young people aged 10–19 who died by suicide, based on national mortality data. We extracted information on the antecedents of suicide of 544 of these 595 deaths (91%) from official investigations, mainly inquests. ResultsSuicide-related […]

Suicide deaths in university students in a UK city between 2010 and 2018: Case series

Background: There are longstanding concerns over the mental health and suicide risk of university students in the UK and internationally. Aims: This study aimed to identify risk factors for suicide among students attending universities in a UK city. Method: Suicide deaths between January 2010 and July 2018 were identified from university records. An audit tool was used to collate data […]

Mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: Longitudinal analyses of adults in the UK COVID-19 Mental Health & Wellbeing study

Background: The effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the population’s mental health and well-being are likely to be profound and long lasting. Aims: To investigate the trajectory of mental health and well-being during the first 6 weeks of lockdown in adults in the UK. Method: A quota survey design and a sampling frame that permitted recruitment of […]

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on primary care-recorded mental illness and self-harm episodes in the UK: A population-based cohort study

Background The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected population mental health. We aimed to assess temporal trends in primary care-recorded common mental illness, episodes of self-harm, psychotropic medication prescribing, and general practitioner (GP) referrals to mental health services during the COVID-19 emergency in the UK. Methods We did a population-based cohort study using primary care electronic […]

The COVID-19 pandemic, financial inequality and Mental Health Scotland: A briefing from the “Coronavirus: Mental health in the pandemic” study

We all can experience mental health problems, whatever our background or walk of life. But the risk of experiencing mental ill-health is not equally distributed across our society. Those who face the greatest disadvantages in life also face the greatest risk to their mental health. The distribution of infections and deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Responsible journalism, imitative suicide, and transgender populations: A systematic review of UK newspapers

Purpose: The risk of suicide is high in the transgender population. Imitative suicide occurs when excess suicidal behavior is observed following news media coverage of suicide. The purpose of this study is to evaluate how often UK newspapers adhere to suicide reporting guidelines designed to minimize imitative suicide when they report the suicides of transgender […]

Loneliness in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic: Cross-sectional results from the COVID-19 Psychological Wellbeing Study

Objectives Loneliness is a significant public health issue. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in lockdown measures limiting social contact. The UK public are worried about the impact of these measures on mental health outcomes. Understanding the prevalence and predictors of loneliness at this time is a priority issue for research. Method The study employed a […]

Abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic

This study explored patterns of abuse, self-harm and thoughts of suicide/self-harm in the UK during the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic using data from the COVID-19 Social Study (n=44 775), a non-probability sample weighted to population proportions. The reported frequency of abuse, self-harm and thoughts of suicide/self-harm was higher among women, Black, Asian and […]

Suicide statistics report: Latest statistics for the UK and Republic of Ireland

There were 6,859 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2018. Suicide statistics for the UK as a whole, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are not routinely published together by any other organisation.  

Suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts, and self-harm in the UK Armed Forces

Objectives To compare lifetime self‐harm rates estimated on three occasions between 2004 and 2016 and to explore the associates of lifetime self‐harm. Method Three phases of a UK AF cohort study (n = 10,272, 9,990, and 8,581, respectively) provided data. Telephone interviews assessed associates of self‐harm among cohort members who reported subjective mental health problems in the […]

Trends in mental health, non-suicidal self-harm and suicide attempts in 16-24-year old students and non-students in England, 2000-2014

There are concerns about high levels of mental ill-health amongst university students, but little is known about the mental health of students compared to non-students over time. Using data on young people (16–24) from three UK National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys (2000, 2007, and 2014), we found no evidence that the overall prevalence of common mental […]

‘Dead people don’t claim’: A psychopolitical autopsy of UK austerity suicides

One of the symptoms of post financial crisis austerity in the UK has been an increase in the numbers of suicides, especially by people who have experienced welfare reform. This article develops and utilises an analytic framework of psychopolitical autopsy to explore media coverage of ‘austerity suicide’ and to take seriously the psychic life of […]

The role of neuroticism in self-harm and suicidal ideation: Results from two UK population-based cohorts

Background Self-harm is common, debilitating and associated with completed suicide and increased all-cause mortality, but there is uncertainty about its causal risk factors, limiting risk assessment and effective management. Neuroticism is a stable personality trait associated with self-harm and suicidal ideation, and correlated with coping styles, but its value as an independent predictor of these […]

Be the change: Ensuring an effective response to all in psychiatric emergency equal to medical care

This report sets out ten recommendations from a joint international summit on urgent and emergency behavioural healthcare, hosted by NHSCC, England and RI International, USA.  Summit attendees included clinical and non-clinical experts, with experience that included government and law enforcement, and people with lived expertise as a recipient of care or a family member. The report expands […]

The stigma associated with bereavement by suicide and other sudden deaths: A qualitative interview study.

Quantitative studies have found that suicide bereavement is associated with suicide attempt, and is perceived as the most stigmatising of sudden losses. Their findings also suggest that perceived stigma may explain the excess suicidality. There is a need to understand the nature of this stigma and address suicide risk in this group. We aimed to describe and […]

Thriving at work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers.

This study has led us to conclude that underneath the stigma that surrounds mental health and prevents open discussion on the subject, the UK faces a significant mental health challenge at work. While there are more people at work with mental health conditions than ever before, 300,000 people with a long term mental health problem lose […]

Suicide by occupation, England: 2011 to 2015.

This release presents figures on suicides by occupation for deaths registered in England between 2011 and 2015. Comparisons are made between sex-specific occupational suicide rates and rates observed in the broader population of England.

Progress and challenges in the transformation of children and young people’s mental health care: A report of the Education Policy Institute’s Mental Health Commission.

Our research finds that the process of implementing Future in Mind has led to some positive changes, including: Every area of the country has developed a plan, shining a spotlight on children and young people’s mental health and ensuring that all areas have become more aware of the gaps in provision in their locality; Local health and […]

CentreForum Commission on children and young people’s mental health: State of the nation.

This report explores the issue of child and adolescent mental health in England. It sets out the latest available data on prevalence and trends over the last five years, and in the process highlights the fractured and inconsistent nature of the data available on this issue. This research identifies a significant ‘treatment gap’, where children […]

Children and young people’s mental health: Time to deliver. The report of the Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

This is the third and final report of the Education Policy Institute’s Independent Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health. Our first two reports provided analysis of the current prevalence and trends in access to treatment within the child and adolescent mental health system. This report complements that quantitative analysis with further qualitative evidence on […]

Support received after bereavement by suicide and other sudden deaths: A cross-sectional UK study of 3432 young bereaved adults.

Objective To test the hypothesis that people bereaved by suicide are less likely to receive formal or informal support than people bereaved by other causes of sudden death. Design National cross-sectional study. Setting Adults working or studying at any UK higher education institution (HEI) in 2010. Participants A total of 3432 eligible respondents aged 18–40 […]