This is a study run by a first year PhD student, who is also  a nurse and lived experience researcher, with a history of self-harm and mental health service use.

This research study is exploring self-harm from a lived experience perspective. This research is aiming to:

  • Bring the experiences of people with self-harm to the centre of mental health clinical research
  • Create a visual model of the self-harm healing journey through collaboration
  • Use our visual model to improve healthcare professionals’ understanding of self-harm
  • Reduce stigma and inequalities that people with self-harm may experience

They are looking for:

They are looking for adults, aged 18 and above, who have experiences of self-harm to join the LEAP. They would like to include people who a) belong to Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities, b) identify as LGBTQ+, c) identify as neurodivergent and d) have experience in research and/or Patient and Public Involvement, to have a diverse group of people. This is to provide a more balanced view to self-harm, as research already exists for the majority British White Ethnic and heteronormative community. Their aim is to learn from experiences of different range of people to maximise inclusivity.


Expected commitment from participants:

This project will take place over three years from January 2024 until August 2026. We will have a three-hour meeting every 3-4 months.


Commitment to inclusion:

Meetings times and locations are flexible, however they do hope to have a mixture of online and face-to-face meetings but this will be discussed prior to organising. After people have expressed their interest, the researcher will have a 1 to 1 meeting with people to discuss any particular needs they may have, how they can best support them and what adjustments need to be made.

Closing date to apply: 8th January 2023


If you apply for this opportunity please let the organisers know that you saw it advertised by Shaping Our Lives. Thank you!

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