Our psychosocial research team focuses on the social and psychological aspects of mental illness. We specialise in using qualitative and mixed methods research to access the first-hand experiences and inherent knowledge of people with mental health difficulties, and that of their families and friends. Our aim is to use this knowledge and understanding to help develop more appropriate interventions and to make experiences and behaviours such as self-harm, suicide or attempted suicide intelligible to those who have no first-hand experience of them and who often find them difficult to comprehend.
Our current research focus is primarily suicide and suicide prevention. Two major studies are in progress exploring the insights of people who have experienced suicidal feelings, including those who have attempted suicide, as well as the perceptions of people close to those who have attempted or completed suicide. We have received funding for these projects from the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund and the BIG Lottery Fund.
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Other recent research includes a project exploring the choices people diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder make about following their recommended treatment, and a major qualitative study of people’s experiences of self-harm.
Contact the research team: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also read about Durham University’s online questionnaire asking people about their experiences of depression. This research was conducted as part of the ‘Emotional Experience in Depression: A Philosophical Study’ project, and the questionnaire was developed in consultation with the psychosocial research team at SANE, with many of the participants recruited through SANE's website.