South Asia Harm Reduction Movement - (SAHAR-M)
SAHAR-M, means ‘The morning twilight before a new dawn’ in the Urdu Language. The M is for Movement, the group considered the programme of research has increasing become more of a research movement and thus the name South Asia HArm Reduction (SAHAR)-Movement (M) was derived. Building on the last two years of work, the movement is aimed at working towards ‘Zero suicide’- a systematic framework for creating an integrated approach to prevent suicide and quality improvement in the healthcare system with the aspirational goal of “zero suicides.”
The mission of SAHAR-M is to facilitate and execute through rigorous research methodology and governance a range of national self-harm and suicide prevention activities with a strong focus on building capacity and capability, in readiness and timely responsiveness to support the people and communities in preventing self-harm behaviour and suicide. This programme of work will support the local and national health economies in Pakistan. This will involve knowledge mobilisation using an integrated trans-disciplinary approach to self-harm and suicide prevention.
This project will fill critical gaps in knowledge, facilitating improvements in the organization and delivery of health and social care, and in public health measures.
This will improve public and political understanding of mental health generally and self-harm and suicide particularly. These are important elements in an overall suicide prevention strategy and mental health policy and also guide the adaptation of evidence-based interventions for Pakistan.
Broaden understanding of the research landscape of early career researchers and local academic community will build a strong research infrastructure of community and increase capacity for further research planning such as scoping reviews, feasibility studies, trial platforms and systematic reviews. Training local fieldworkers has the potential to create a sustainable, flexible and efficient research delivery team for future research projects.
Pakistan have, been under-represented in health research efforts and building research capacity internationally will help produce a global pool of researchers who are able to make use of current knowledge and techniques to develop strategies, tools and methods to tackle mental health issue that are best suited to their local setting and needs.
The obtained date from two primary methods about suicide attempts (1) self-reports of suicide attempts in surveys of representative samples of the population, and (2) hospitals, community, and prisons, healthcare self-harm episode routine data will contribute to key areas in addressing knowledge gaps and improving service provision for individuals presenting to hospitals following attempted suicide and self-harm and information on specific service capacity and treatment requirements.