World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day, “Working together to prevent suicide”, September 10th, 2020 Every year 800 000 people die by suicide, this equals one person every 40 seconds. In addition to this, for every person who dies by suicide, 25 people will attempt to end their own life. Each of these statistics represent someone’s friends, child,…

Having a Voice: Homelessness in Stoke-on-Trent

Having a Voice: Homelessness in Stoke-on-Trent This blog post written by CHAD team members Aman Mankoo and Elliott Phillips provides a summary of the 2018 study ‘Having a voice’ by Massie, Machin, McCormack and Kurth. This study provides a snapshot of homelessness within Stoke-on-Trent and offers insights from both stakeholders and people experiencing homelessness, such…

Nothing About Us Without Us – The Role of Patient and Public Involvement in Health Research

Nothing About Us Without Us – The Role of Patient and Public Involvement in Health Research Written by Patricia Darcy, Researcher at Centre for Health and Development, Staffordshire University & Aisling O’Connell-Martin, Patient Advisor Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is research carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or…

Public Involvement in Suicide Prevention Research

Public Involvement in Suicide Prevention Research Written by Sophia Fedorowicz Every year approximately 800 000 people take their own lives and around 20 times this number attempt suicide (World Health Organization, 2019). Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds globally and is recognised as a public health priority (World Health Organization, 2019). People experiencing mental distress often experience…

The Great Green Gathering

The Great Green Gathering. The importance of natural environments has been well evidenced in supporting health and wellbeing, specifically in relation to stress reduction1, restoration2,3 and positive mental health outcomes4. During crisis situations, including the current public health crisis, natural environments are considered vital in supporting mental health and wellbeing through a range of interactions…

Osteoporosis: Exercising the Bone in Menopause

Osteoporosis: Exercising the Bone in Menopause By Jacky Forsyth Osteoporosis is often referred to as a ‘silent disease’. This is because individuals are not likely to realise that they have the condition until they experience a break or fracture, as a result of something minor like a fall or trip. is a disease characterised by…

Young People and Self-harm

Data collected by Public Health England (PHE) show that Stoke-on-Trent had a significantly higher rate of hospital admissions of self-harm for 15-19 year olds and 20-24 year olds compared with the national average in 2016/17. Moreover, compared to its statistical nearest neighbours, Stoke-on-Trent had the highest rate of hospital admissions of self-harm for 15-19 year…