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).

Our mission statement

Suicide and Self-Harm Research North West, or SSHaRe NoW, was launched in June 2017 with the aim of bringing together a wide range of stakeholders with a shared interested in suicide and self-harm research, from across the north-west of England.

We hope to encourage and support links and collaboration between researchers, clinicians, health services, third sector organisations, service users, and the public, by raising awareness of high quality suicide and self-harm research and initiatives in the local area.

We also want to create a positive collaborative space where we can share knowledge, expertise, and experience of all kinds, to help identify and develop key areas of research that may help improve services and reduce suicide and self-harm in the future.

Our aims for the next five years are to develop a shared set of priorities concerning research around suicide and self-harm in the north-west, and particularly to:

  • provide an environment for researchers to share knowledge on the work they are involved in;
  • create an opportunity for building on previous study findings;
  • have the space to hold meetings to discuss ideas for future research;
  • coproduce funding/grant applications;
  • promote the benefits of how public and patients may be involved in research;
  • enable the promotion of interactive materials developed for local initiatives to a wider audience.


Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) Essay Competition 2021

The first annual Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) Essay Competition 2021 has been organised by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on behalf of SSHaRe NoW.

During the Covid-19 pandemic there has been much attention given to both the rates of suicide and self-harm, so what does the evidence tell us? It is this very question we invite stakeholders to answer in our first annual ZSA competition. The aim of this competition is to encourage quality research and writing on suicide and self-harm, to engage students and key stakeholders in a creative way, and to share knowledge and expertise.

The essay question is: Have the rates of self-harm and suicide increased during the covid-19 lockdowns and pandemic, in the UK and globally, and how might we explain these findings?

The Deadline for essay submissions is 10 January 2022, 12.00 midnight, and the winning essay will be published on the University of Central Lancashire, ZSA and the SSHaRe NoW website.

You can find further about the competition information here.

The 4th Annual Suicide and Self-Harm Research Expertise North West
(SSHaRE NoW) Webinar

This year, due to COVID, the event was run as a webinar, hosted by The University of Manchester.

The event took place on 16 June, 12pm – 2.30pm.

The theme for the webinar was around intervention and access to support. The webinar included:

  • Live keynote talks by Dr Gillian Rayner and Dr Hayley Gorton.
  • An interactive round table discussion on the topic of “Access to services for self-harm and suicide”.
  • Brief presentations from doctoral students on research in this area, playing during the break.

Download a copy of the agenda (PDF).

Delphi Study

Learn about our Delphi Study to find consensus of research priorities in the north-west.

Our founders

See who was involved in setting up SSHaRe NoW.