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Life After Self-harm in Sri Lanka

2022 Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $99,994
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Duleeka Knipe, Ph.D., MPH

Duleeka Knipe, Ph.D., MPH
University of Bristol (United Kingdom)

Inside the Research

Reducing repeat self-harm is a major target for suicide prevention—16% of people who self-harm will repeat this behaviour within a year. In South Asia the risk of repeat self-harm is much lower (3%), but we don’t know why. Using clinical data from over 5,500 people who have self-harmed, and additional in-depth interviews, we aim to understand what contributes to this lower rate in Sri Lanka. This will help better manage and prevent future suicidal behaviour globally.