Want to influence how self-harm is treated?

Share UK talk about how to get involved with their research into self-harm:


Self-harm is very common but research suggests that up to half of young people who self-harm don’t receive help from anyone. We want this to change and for this we need your help! SHARE UK is an exciting new study looking to learn more about self-harm from people who have experienced it themselves. We want to make a real change but we need you to help us learn about what would make a difference to you. This could be better support in hospitals, schools, anti-bullying policies, help online or maybe even some new ideas!

The study can be completed all online at www.share-uk.co.uk and you can tell us as much or as little as you like. If you have any ideas or comments or if you would like to write for our blog then we’d love to hear from you too at shareuk@swansea.ac.uk

What you guys say

We’ve had some amazing feedback and ideas from you guys especially from our feedback survey (can be found here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W98VZKH). Here are some of our highlights

‘There needs to be more work on the barriers to finding help for self-harm. Things could change to help people engage with services’

‘There needs to be more community based mental health education classes. This could improve social skills, confidence and give people a chance to support one another’

‘There needs to be more support for new mums’

‘The topic of self-harm is very important to me and to so many people. Thank you so much for working in this field!’

Our research register – over 200 people strong so far! #datasavelives

The most important part of any research with self-harm is real people. We can’t make change without you. We have created a register that gives everyone the chance to sign up to hear more about future research and studies that they might like to take part in. Sign up can be done online at www.share-uk.co.uk and we hope that this will give everyone a voice in research.

We have had over 200 people sign up already and this is amazing! Research is an important part of the push for services, government spending and how support is organised. If as many people as possible take part then we can make this push for change even stronger.

The good dark or not so good sides of the internet

World Suicide Prevention Day brought about a lot of debate about the press and the internet and the way we talk about suicide, self-harm and mental health.  Creators of content online can reach so many people and have an important role is starting conversations and reducing stigma. This doesn’t always happen though and there have been several high profile cases of online bullying, predators and other dangers conjuring images of a dark and precarious online world.

We want to know more about what you think. What’s good and what’s bad? This can help to make guidance for bloggers, internet service providers and anyone who makes content online for how best to talk about suicide, self-harm and mental health in a sensitive way.

To learn more we have created a Pinboard style dashboard where you can add anything you have viewed online to our media databank. Anything you upload will only be seen by you and our research team and you can add comments about sites or groups if you want to. We use this databank to look at things like quality, images and potential for harm or for support.

Want to know more?

We need your help to make a real difference. Your story can help make sure that in the future no one has to face self-harm alone.

If you are aged 16 or over and would like to learn more or sign up visit www.share-uk.co.uk or email shareuk@swansea.ac.uk

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