Professor Ann John SHARE UK lead

We need your help to better understand self-harm and to improve support!

Self-harm is when a person intentionally injures or poisons himself or herself. There are lots of reasons why someone may self-harm and these may change over time.  It’s thought that 10 to 20 out of 100 young people in the UK have self-harmed at some point.

Most self-harm research is conducted in healthcare settings. Since most people do not seek help from health care services, this leaves a lot of people with no voice in research about self-harm and what they think would work for them.

SHARE-UK is a new study based at Swansea University, led by Professor Ann John.

We want to give everyone who has experienced self-harm a voice. We want to hear from you to help us learn what support is needed. Everything can be completed online and is completely anonymous. If you are aged 16 or over and have ever harmed yourself you can sign up and help us to improve support.

What does the study involve?

Once you’ve signed up you will be asked some questions about yourself. You can skip these or answer them later if you like.

You will be given your own user area. From here you have the option of filling in some questionnaires. You can answer as many of these as you like in any order. If you decide at any time you don’t want to finish a questionnaire just hit exit. You’re free to do this at any time and you don’t have to give a reason.

You can also tell us about things you’ve looked at online. This can be anything from Facebook groups, to online news or support sites. We are interested in the good and the bad and the more you can tell us about the better. Simply go to ‘Dashboard’ in your user area and click ‘Add resource’.

The media databank

The role of the internet in self-harm is a growing area of research and debate. There are concerns over harmful content, triggering material and bullying. There is also great opportunity for support, community and information.

Databases of online information created for research are rapidly outdated. Using our dashboard you can upload online resources (the good and the bad!) allowing them to be studied in real time. The dashboard is easy to use and you can add as many sources as you like.

We’re hoping to learn more about the ways the internet can be helpful. We also want to learn more about potential risks.

Our research register

We have also set up the UK’s first self-harm research register. This is separate to the rest of the study, although you can choose to join the register when you sign up if you would like.

By signing up to the research register you have the opportunity to take part in any future studies run by our research team. This is the first register of its kind in the UK. It is hoped that being able to sign up online will give everyone a voice in research in a way not previously possible.

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Do You have questions?

Visit our FAQs sections for answers to the most popular questions that we get asked


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Participant Debrief

Thank you for taking part in this research – all the information you give us is so important to informing future research

While we are not able to provide information on individual responses we will make findings of this research available on the web-portal so you can see how your contribution is really making a difference.

If you have been affected by taking part in this research in anyway or just need someone to talk to please get in contact with the Samaritans on 116 123 – They’re available 24 hours a day 365 days a year – if there is something troubling you then please get in touch.

If you want to talk to someone immediately then please telephone using the number above. However support is also available via email at Further information can be found on their website

Just having someone to talk to that isn’t family or friends can be a tremendous help. You don’t have to be suicidal to get in touch.

If you have any further questions about this research then get in touch with the research team via the contact us page. We are only able to respond to questions relating to the research itself.

Thank you again for taking part! Your story is so valuable to making a real difference

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