Healthtalkonline module for parents and carers of young people who have self-harmed

Thank you very much for offering to help recruit participants for our Healthtalkonline module for parents and carers of young people who have self-harmed.

I’m attaching the electronic version of our Participant Information leaflet, and the summary of the project for clinicians, which give details of what is involved.  I’m also attaching the flyer advertising the project.  We want to recruit parents and carers of young people up to the age of 25 who have self-harmed, in the hope that their experiences will be helpful to other people in a similar position, and also to clinicians involved in their care.  We usually interview people in their own homes, or somewhere else if they prefer – we have a recording room in Oxford where we have done some of the filming and can pay travel expenses.  Participants can choose how they want their story portrayed on the website – video, audio, or anonymous text.

We give contact details for me and the Health Experiences Research Group – when people express an interest we send them the Participant Information leaflet and a reply slip for them to return  so I can then answer any questions and arrange an interview.

We are especially keen to recruit men and parents of boys as most of the people interviewed so far are mothers of girls.  We would also like to hear the experiences of people from different ethnic groups, but this is proving more of a challenge.We have an ad for the study on the Department of Psychiatry website:

Thank you so much for your help.  Do let me know if you need any more information.

Email Participant Information Sheet HTO SS

Parents and Carers of Young People who Self-harm info SS

Self-harm flyer Sue Simkin v4 with tear off slips

Self-harm study information and summary for clinicians August 1st 2012

Best wishes


Sue Simkin

Research Associate

University of Oxford

Department of Psychiatry

Warneford Hospital




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