Remote research methods could be more inclusive for autistic adults

  • 2 February 2023
Online methods for obtaining consent and taking part in research remotely could make research more inclusive for autistic people, according to a study published in Autism in Adulthood. Researchers from Bristol’s BRC wanted to explore how the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic affected autistic people.

Eating disorders aren’t a niche issue – Bristol BRC researcher speaks to BBC Radio 4

  • 23 January 2023
Bristol BRC researcher Dr Helen Bould is working with the Born in Bradford (BiB) cohort study to gain a better understanding of eating disorders among adolescents. She’s found that almost a quarter of pupils surveyed at three schools in Bradford are experiencing issues with eating…

Sri Lankan suicide rate stable during pandemic

  • 19 January 2023
Sri Lankan suicide rates did not increase during the pandemic, according to the results of a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, funded by Bristol’s BRC, the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and the…

Mental health staff should ask about experiences of domestic violence

  • 10 January 2023
People presenting to healthcare services after self-harm or attempting suicide should be asked if they have experienced domestic violence (DV). The Bristol Suicide and Self-harm Research Group (SASH) has released a video highlighting how important it is to discuss DV in the context of self-harm and they…

Trauma-informed health care in the UK needs support from the government and NHS

  • 27 September 2022
While a trauma-informed approach in health care is being endorsed in government and NHS policies, its implementation has been driven by trauma experts at the level of organisations and local authorities, finds a new study led by the University of Bristol’s TAP CARE team. A coordinated, evidence-informed government- and NHS-…

Majority of countries see no increase in suicide rates during first months of COVID-19 pandemic

  • 8 August 2022
Overall suicide rates did not increase in the majority of countries during the first 9-15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. An international team of researchers, including some from the Bristol BRC, looked at data from 33 countries to get a better picture of how the pandemic was impacting the mental…

COVID-19 pandemic reduced number of people using health services after self-harming, systematic review suggests

  • 3 August 2022
The number of people presenting to health services after self-harming reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic in many high-income countries, according to a systematic review of 51 studies carried out by researchers at the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West (ARC West), the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Bristol BRC), the University…

Award win for video about social media and young people's mental health

  • 27 July 2022
A video created by Lizzy Winstone and members of ARC West and Bristol BRC’s Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) about social media and young people’s mental health has won a best use of social media for involvement award. The accolade was given at the inaugural Young People’s Involvement in Digital…

Developing good practice indicators to help mental health professionals talk to young people about their life online

  • 21 July 2022
Good practice indicators guiding mental health professionals on how to engage young people in conversations about their online activities have been developed by researchers from the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West (ARC West), the University of Bristol and NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Bristol BRC). Researchers found that young people…