Using data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention

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RSS sections/special interest groups, Social Statistics Section

Monday 25 February 2019, 10:00am - 04:30pm

Location Location: Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol St, London EC1Y 8LX

About the event:

What do we need to do to ensure the right data are available, analysed and communicated to address the major questions in suicide and self-harm reduction policy and practice?

There are many potential sources of data on suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, non-suicidal self-harm and suicide. These can be used to understand and monitor the extent, nature, context, and inequalities in self-harm and suicide in England. This day brings together commissioners, data producers, research analysts, and data users to improve awareness of data sources and challenges with data quality, accessibility, and coverage.

This is the first in a series of events marking... the 50th anniversary of the National Centre for Social Research.

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Registration, tea and coffee from 9.30 am

  Programme             Chair: Prof Louise Arseneault


Context and aims


Suicide Prevention Strategies: data needs and data gaps Prof Louis Appleby, Manchester

Using data on suicide and self-harm Liz Scowcroft, Samaritans

Gender-informed/‘gender-neutral’ approach in research Prof Louise Howard, Kings


General population /cohort surveys

Self-harm trends and risk factors using adult general population surveys (Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys) Sally McManus, NatCen

Self-harm in children with emotional, behavioural, and neurodevelopmental disorders using the Mental Health of Children and Young People surveys Katharine Sadler, NatCen, Prof Tamsin Ford, Exeter

What distinguishes adolescents with suicidal thoughts from those who have attempted suicide (ALSPAC), Dr Becky Mars, Bristol




Registered suicides


Suicide registrations data  Dr Ben Windsor-Shellard, ONS

Challenges and opportunities for using national suicide mortality statistics to investigate secular trends and area differences in suicide Prof David Gunnell, Bristol

National Confidential Inquiry:  Prof Louis Appleby, Manchester

Autism and autistic traits in those who died by suicide in the UK Dr Sarah Cassidy, Nottingham




Healthcare context


Hospital and community presentations for self-harm: linking across datasets Prof Nav Kapur, Manchester

Perinatal self-harm: prevalence and correlates Karyn Ayre, Kings


High risk groups

Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts and problem gambling Dr Heather Wardle, LSHTM

Financial difficulty and suicide: data from frontline staff in commercial debt collection firms Dr Chris Fitch & Jamie Evans, Personal Finance Research Centre, University of Bristol

Participatory consultation with midlife men to inform self-harm interventions  Caroline Turley, Head of Qualitative Methodology, NatCen




Data hubs

Self-harm data at NHSD: availability, data access and support Dan Collinson, NHSD

Suicide Prevention Profiles: Fingertips Helen Garnham & Cam Lugton, PHE


Panel discussion

How can we ensure that data are valid, accessible, analysed and communicated to best inform suicide and self-harm reduction?


Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required.



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