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I have 25 years of mental health research & administrative experience at the Centre for Mental Health and Safety, at the University of Manchester.

In line with University goals, I also have an established side-hustle in social responsibility and environmental sustainability, and provide advice and knowledge on these too. 

For the last 11+ years I have worked at the Manchester Self-Harm Project (MaSH), a long-running epidemiological study, identifying clinical and socio-demographic trends in people attending Manchester A&E Emergency Departments following self-harm. Our Principle Investigator is Professor Nav Kapur. Funded by the Department of Health, MaSH forms part of the Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England (MCM), alongside similar studies in Oxford and Derby.

As Data Manager at MaSH, I have responsibility for overseeing and ensuring the quality of the MaSH data used in all MaSH and MCM peer-reviewed papers and reports. 

Prior to MaSH, I worked at The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide & Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) for 14 years. NCISH is another internationally renowned long-term epidemiological study based at The University of Manchester.

Both MaSH and NCISH inform and make recommendations on national suicide prevention initiatives and the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines for treatment of patients who present to emergency departments with self-harm. We provide guidance aiming to improve mental health and Emergency Department services for patients who self-harm. 

I process and manage large datasets, create infographics, co-author papers and reports, present research findings, run information stands, and co-facilitate our PPIE group. 

I enjoy collaborating with others, and am happy to meet online to discuss potential collaborations.

Research interests

My research interests include mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention. I currently work on the Manchester Self-Harm Project (MaSH), having previously worked on The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH). Our goals are to help patients by providing guidance to services based on our high quality robust data.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • suicide & self-harm
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Mental health
  • Psychiatry


  • Self-harm
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Mental health
  • Emergency medicine


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