New DECIPHer Study – GW4 Children and Young People’s Self-harm and Suicide Research Collaboration

New GW4 accelerator funding has been secured for the Children and Young People’s Self-harm and Suicide Research Collaboration, which is hosted across the universities of Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Exeter. DECIPHer’s Dr Rhiannon Evans, based at Cardiff University, leads the study.

Self-harm and suicide in children and young people remains a major public health concern, with prevalence rates of self-harm in the UK being estimated at 7%-18%. Although national-level data for suicide in children and young people are rarely made available, global estimates indicate it is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds.

The research collaboration has been assembled to address this important public health issue through the development and evaluation of complex prevention and intervention approaches within educational settings. It specifically focuses on a key evidence gap, namely the dearth of effective programmes available to schools and their staff in supporting students at risk of self-harm.

The aims of this study are to realise the following inter-related objectives:

  • Engage in consultation with secondary schools in England and Wales to identify intervention needs, and map existing self-harm prevention and intervention provision.
  • Identify key elements for an acceptable school-based intervention programme.
  • Work towards co-producing a school-based self-harm intervention and assess its feasibility and effectiveness.

This project will run from May to November 2016. For more information, please contact Dr Rhiannon Evans on +44(0) 29 2087 0099, or via email at