Our work spans a range of disciplines and uses a number of approaches to better understand suicidal behaviour and self-harm. A list of our current projects are listed below. A work stream within Bristol’s NIHR BRC is devoted to understanding and preventing suicide.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our projects, please contact the Bristol researcher.

Epidemiological studies

  • The incidence of student suicide in England (collaboration with ONS) (Bristol contact: David Gunnell)
  • The Bristol self-harm surveillance register 2010-present (Bristol contact: David Gunnell and Salena Williams)
  • Childhood adversity and suicidal behaviour in Sri Lanka (Dee Knipe)
  • Social capital and social determinants of suicide in Sri Lanka (led by Edinburgh University; Bristol contacts: David Gunnell; Dee Knipe)
  • Pesticide restrictions in Taiwan (led by National Taipei University; Bristol contact: David Gunnell)
  • Occupations at increased risk of suicide  (collaboration with ONS) (Bristol contact: David Gunnell)
  • Transitions from suicidal thoughts and non-suicidal self-harm to suicide attempts: a longitudinal study  (Becky Mars)
  • Pathways to self-harm: Biological mechanisms and genetic contribution (Becky Mars)

Qualitative studies

Mixed-method studies

  • A multi-centre programme of clinical and public health research to guide health service priorities for preventing suicide in England – Suicide Prevention: NIHR Programme Grant (David Gunnell)
  • Identifying Effective Approaches to Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing Amongst University Students
  • The influence of the media on the uptake of suicide methods (Helen Fay –

intervention studies

  • A cluster randomised controlled trial of an intervention to improve the mental health support and training available to secondary school teachers – the WISE (Wellbeing in Secondary Education) project (Judi Kidger)