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Research Topics / Research - Self-harm and Social Media - please help!!
« Last post by GeorgieB on Today at 11:44:35 AM »
Hi, my name is Georgie and I am a doctoral student at the University of Leeds,
   I am conducting a study to explore how people who have experienced self-harm use social media.

   This will allow us to learn more about what is helpful and unhelpful about using social media to share, view or discuss self-harm content.

   If you are UK based, aged between 16-29, have self-harmed and use social media in relation to self-harm I would be interested in hearing about your experiences.

   Participants taking part will be entered into a prize draw for a £20 Love2shop gift voucher.

   If you would be interested in taking part or would like to know more, please contact me on the details below.

   Email: [email protected]

Thank you for your help!
Georgie Burnett
Please note recruitment may be stopped when the maximum number of participants has been reached.


Would you like to be involved in the development of a brief psychological intervention aiming to help people reduce repeat self-harm?

We are pleased to invite you to take part in and provide feedback about a new psychological intervention, which aims to help people reduce repeat self-harm. Research shows that if people can spot situations in which they will be tempted to self-harm and then link them with a way to overcome those situations, they are much more likely to be successful in reducing repeat self-harm.

This is very short intervention and is about helping you to create “action-plans”

You will firstly be asked to complete a short series of demographic questions and questions about the psychological aspects that may be important for you in relation to self-harm. You will then be asked to construct “implementation intentions” or “IF-THEN plans” for example: “If I am tempted to self-harm when I feel hopeless, Then I will seek out someone who listens when I need to talk about self-harm”

After you have completed the “IF-THEN” plans you will be invited to complete a series of short questions about your experiences creating “IF-THEN plans”. This is to help us make any changes and improve the intervention. The questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

We hope that our findings will provide a greater understanding of how people can make action plans to help them to try and reduce repeat self-harm. If you are interested in taking part please use the link at the bottom of this advert. There will be an option to supply your contact details should you wish to further discuss any of your feedback with us. This will take place in a semi-structured interview over the telephone at a time and date convenient for you.

- This questionnaire is entirely anonymous and we will not collect any personally identifiable information (for example we won’t ask your name or date of birth). 
- Unfortunately, you are unable to participate if you are currently an inpatient in hospital, or if you consider yourself to be too physically or mentally unwell to participate.
- We are unable to provide reimbursement for taking part, however you will be helping us to understand more about brief psychological interventions aiming to help people reduce repeat self-harm.

This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Programme Grants for Applied Research. A link to the questionnaire can be found here:

Survivor Room / Re: If there was a cure for autism...
« Last post by Lorien on July 30, 2020, 06:18:37 PM »
My new psychiatrist conveniently forgets I am able to communicate for myself because it takes longer and choses to communicate with my partner most of the time instead. If I'm really low or manic I get that and I don't really mind at those times but the rest of the time it's really messed up. I feel like a lot of us fall into the neurotypical brackets of both "too autistic" and "not autistic enough"
Survivor Room / Re: If there was a cure for autism...
« Last post by Vermilion on July 29, 2020, 08:50:02 PM »
Oh, I understand that it's a broad spectrum and no programme can be expected to get that right. I've just got so frustrated with so many of them always using the most extreme cases. Not necessarily autism but any sort of issue. I've seen programmes about say, tourettes and it's always the ones who shout and swear constantly rather than those who have relatively minor symptoms. This sort of bull**** has lead to so much stigma and misunderstanding; when I tell others that I have autism they either don't believe me or those that do expect me to have some sort of savant ability which is actually very rare and generally only those on the so-called low functioning end of the spectrum would have it, even medical professionals make assumptions like this. It's really pissing me off and I'm sick of explaining things to others who watch these types of programmes and think that they know it all.

Mind, I'm not exactly feeling happy go lucky at the moment so maybe I'm just pissed off in general.
Survivor Room / Re: If there was a cure for autism...
« Last post by Lorien on July 29, 2020, 05:34:13 PM »
Atypical was an American fictional series. I liked it in general some things were a bit over done but the main character had a job and went to uni and it countered a lot of the pitty bullsh*t. 'The A word' is pretty good at factual portrayal of SEND schools. Problem is, the spectrum is so broad no program will get everything right or represent everyone.
Survivor Room / Re: If there was a cure for autism...
« Last post by Vermilion on July 29, 2020, 05:20:12 PM »
I think there's another series called 'Atypical' too. I don't watch them because I'm sick of these sensationalist programs that give people the wrong ideas and/or people pretending to actually give a sh**. I'm so fed up with it all.
Survivor Room / Re: If there was a cure for autism...
« Last post by Lorien on July 28, 2020, 11:08:58 PM »
I saw that it exists - but I was worried it might make me annoyed. The Twitter feed kind of confirms some of what I was worried about. I didn't like 'undatables'.
Research Topics / What are the triggers and functions of self-harm?
« Last post by Rabjohnsalex123 on July 27, 2020, 09:14:20 AM »
Hi everyone!

I am currently in need of participants for my doctoral research study exploring the triggers and functions associated with self-harm in the general population. Participants should be 18+ and have engaged in some form of self-harm either currently or in the past.

The research consists of an online questionnaire which takes around 15 minutes to complete.

There is very little research relating to individuals in the general population who self-harm, and findings are often inconclusive. Therefore, your participation in the study will assist in further understanding this important area. If the triggers and functions associated with self-harm can be understood, then appropriate support measures can be put in place.

The link to the study is below;

Thank you for your time it is greatly appreciated.

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