A smartphone study of self-harm

Who can take part?

We are looking for participants who:

  • Are 18-25 year olds
  • Have experienced self-harm or thoughts of suicide in the last 6 months
  • Are fluent in English and live in the UK
  • Have access to a smartphone with internet access throughout the day

About the project

This research study looks at how thoughts about self-harm and suicide change over short periods of time (hours/days) and aims to identify factors that predict these changes. These could be psychological factors like feeling trapped or feeling disconnected from other people, physiological factors like how well you have slept the night before, or situational factors like the events/experiences that have happened to you during the day.

This study has received ethical approval from the University of Bristol Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics committee (ref 12216)

What’s involved

The study involves completing a very short survey, multiple times throughout the day, on your smartphone. You will also be asked to complete an online questionnaire at the start of the study. For each participant, the study will last for two weeks.

For more information or to take part, please see the information sheet or contact Becky Mars (becky.mars@bristol.ac.uk)

If you decide to participate, you will receive an online shopping voucher [love2shop] as a thank you for your time.