SHARE UK is a research project that forms part of a programme of research on self-harm based in the Population Psychiatry, Suicide and Informatics (PPSI) team at Swansea University Medical School. We aim to address the important social and health-care needs in those suffering from mental health issues, self-harm and suicidal behaviours. To do this we undertake a range of research designed to advance prevention and treatment. We are part of the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH)
SHARE UK is funded by Health and Care Research Wales and led by Professor Ann John.
Our research aims to identify what support people need, to inform policy and to improve services for those who self-harm or those with mental health issues. Recent examples of our research include work undertaken on behalf of the Welsh Government regarding the way GPs prescribe antidepressants, stimulants and antipsychotics to children and young people. This research has added to the growing body of work on the management of mental health issues in children and young people. It has also led to GPs being issued fresh guidance on prescribing to young people
(Read more about this here).
We have created a research cohort of individuals with psychosis in Wales (12000 individuals so far) who have contributed genetic and survey data and have been linked with routinely collected healthcare data. This is a unique platform for research allowing us to answer lots of questions that we couldn’t answer before. (Read more about this here).
We have also worked on projects examining the way suicide and self-harm are discussed in the media.
If you want to find out more about our research contact us