We have had quite a few requests to share research projects recently so we thought the best way to share them was to put them all together on a page here.

If you are a researcher who wants to request that we share information about your research please click here

Before we share research we ask to the ethical approval received by researchers, the information they will give to participants and the questions they will be asking. We only share research that aligns with our organisational approach and values.

Remember that agreeing to find out more about research or starting to take part in a project doesn't mean you can't change your mind - it is always important that you feel comfortable and safe taking part, so if you change your mind, just let the researcher know

Research Projects Looking for Participants:

The view of people who self-harm on the use and acceptability of harm minimisation for self-harm

Contact: Lucy Ball, [email protected]; Dr Sarah Rowe, [email protected]; or Dr Alexandra Pitman, [email protected] 

In this study you will be asked to discuss your experience of and views on harm minimisation techniques using an online survey (approx. 10 minutes). Anyone who is 18 years or above, lives in the UK and has experience of self-harm is eligible to complete the survey.

How do self-esteem, self-disgust and body experience relate to self-harm?

Contact: Alexandra Rabjohns [email protected] 
I am a PhD research student from Sheffield Hallam University in my final year of study. The title of my research project is 'How do self-esteem, self-disgust and body experience relate to self-harm?' 

The purpose of the research is to explore the difference between individuals who self-harm and individuals who do not self-harm in terms of self-esteem, self-disgust, and body experience. As such, anyone over the age of 18 can participate regardless of whether or not they have self-harmed. The study is a series of online questionnaires. I have read through the request information online to ensure I have included all of the necessary information; in hope you will be able to share my research through your networks.


An Exploration of the Use and Perceptions of Social Media of Young People who have Self-harmed

Contact: Georgie Burnett [email protected]

My research is exploring the relationship between self-harm and social media. We aim to talk to people who have self-harmed about their experiences of using social media in relation to their self-harm. Participants will be asked to take part in a self-report questionnaire and a 45 minute telephone interview, this can be stopped at any time if the client wishes and support will be provided prior, during and after the study by main researcher who is a final year Trainee Clinical Psychologist. Previous research has rarely focused directly on understanding social media and self-harm from the perspectives of those who have self-harmed, an often marginalised group. It is important to understand the viewpoints of those who have experienced self-harm so they are included in discussions about how to manage social media platforms and any regulations regarding content.

What are the triggers and functions of self-harm?

Contact: Alexandra Rabjohns - [email protected] 

I am a current PhD research student from Sheffield Hallam University in my final year of study. One of my research studies is exploring the triggers and functions of self harm in community populations via a series of online questionnaires. If you decide to take part you will be asked to complete online surveys taking around 30-45 minutes including questions about your emotions, your experiences of self-harm, your thoughts in relation to self-harm and how you feel before self-harm.