The Manchester Self-Harm Project

Collecting data on emergency department presentations for self-harm in Manchester.


The Manchester Self-Harm Project collects data on emergency department presentations for self-harm made to three local general hospitals:

  • Manchester Royal Infirmary (Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Wythenshawe Hospital (Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)
  • North Manchester General Hospital (Northern Care Alliance NHS Group).

Our work supports further research, clinical guideline development, and the creation of local and national self-harm and suicide prevention initiatives and strategies, including NICE guidance on self-harm (National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health 2004, 2011).

News and updates

We post the latest news and updates from the Manchester Self-Harm Project on our blog.

Visit the blog to find out more.

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Our research

We use data collected over many years to examine aspects of self-harm presentation and care.

These include:

  • changes in rates over time
  • sub-groups who are at high risk for self-harm
  • the type of care that is the most effective for people who self-harm
  • outcomes such as repetition of self-harm.

The Manchester Self-Harm Project has a strong history of publications in multiple high impact factor peer-reviewed journals, as well as participating in local, national and international events and conferences. You can view our publications in the University’s research explorer.

Our findings are also communicated locally to service providers at clinical audit meetings, research and development forums and in the presentations to staff and medical students.


Our data have informed local service providers to help them assess and manage risk of further self-harm and suicide. This has included their development of guidelines, handbooks and toolkit resources.

We are working with the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) and the Patient Safety Translational Research Centre to support 12 areas in England to improve community-based services and care for people who self-harm.

As part of this work, we have developed the following online resource to collate links to evidence and guidance around self-harm.

Our Management of Self-Harm in the Emergency Department resource helps health professionals learn more about why people self-harm and how to help those who present to hospital emergency departments.

Suicide and Self-Harm Research North West (SSHaRe NoW) is a collaboration between The University of Central Lancashire, Liverpool John Moores University, The University of Manchester, the Manchester Self-Harm Project, the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust and the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs).

About us

The Manchester Self-Harm Project was founded in 1997.

Core staff and associates

The Manchester Self-Harm Project team are researchers and administrative staff based at The University of Manchester. Our associates work on projects related to our research.

Core staff

Our core staff work on the Manchester Self-Harm Studies. Other staff may work on individual projects or programmes being undertaken as a part of our work.

Associated staff

Contact us

If you have a query about the activities of the Manchester Self-Harm Project, please get in touch.

The Manchester Self-Harm Project does not provide help, advice or counselling services.

If you are in Manchester and need help or advice, please refer to the Keep Safe leaflet (PDF, 246KB).

Media and press enquiries

Mike Addelman (News and Media Relations Officer)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2111
Mobile: +44 (0)7717 881567

Other enquiries

Jackie Ward (Research Administrator)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 0735