PRoviding Improved care for Self-harM: a mixed-methods study of intervention, economic and implementation outcomes from a national clinical programme

Suicide is a societal concern in Ireland and is associated with both personal and economic costs. People who self-harm are at particular risk of suicide, and so developing services and interventions for this population can help prevent deaths. Under Ireland's national strategy to reduce suicide, a programme to help people who present to hospital following self-harm was rolled out nationally in 2014. However, we don't know what impact it has had for people who self-harm or if it has resulted in cost saving measures. This project will involve a team of individuals from different disciplines, including researchers and mental health professionals. Data from national sources will be used to see if the programme has been beneficial to people presenting to hospital with self-harm. We will also speak to clinicians who provide this service, to hear about their experiences of how well the programme has worked. The results from this programme will lead to a better understanding of how services in hospitals may be helpful in preventing suicide and self-harm in Ireland. The findings of this research will help to establish a framework for evaluating similar services in the area of mental health.

Award Date
15 May 2019
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Dr Eve Griffin
Host Institution
University College Cork
Emerging Investigator Awards