South Asia Self Harm research capability building Initiative (SASHI)

South Asia Self Harm research capability building Initiative (SASHI) Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide. A prior history of self-harm is one of the strongest predictors of a future suicide attempt or completed suicide. Both self-harm and suicide is a considerable burden to individuals, communities and health care providers. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers suicide as one of the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) indicators. SDGs are a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. A trained, skilled research workforce that can adapt to local conditions is crucial in addressing SDGs in Low and Middle income Countries (LAMICs). SASHI led by the Centre for Mental Health and Society at Bangor University jointly with the University of Manchester, is a step forward in that direction, to help LAMICs such as India and Pakistan to decrease economic burden by exploring Self Harm (DSH) and suicide and capacity building in this area. It is a partnership among India, Pakistan and UK. The main aim of the GCRF-SASHI project is to produce new research evidence to improve understanding of self-harm in the context of profound social, political and economic challenges in LMICs such as India and Pakistan. Secondly, the vision behind SASHI is to bring together international expertise to develop research capability in LAMICs. This will allow each country to build a body of evidence to facilitate the development of culturally relevant and effective interventions. Thirdly, three core datasets (household survey sample, stakeholder sample, and self-harm Register) are to be established which will help us to examine and describe self-harm in local context, answer a number of research questions and inform policy development and community and health service responses. We will find out more about differences and similarities between India and Pakistan and the differences and similarities between South Asia and other regions of the world. As SASHI is collaboration among India, Pakistan and the UK, the Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL) are representing Pakistan. PILL has agreed to provide support for two PhD students along with partnership with academic institutions and voluntary organisations. The strong links between researchers, professional bodies, training organizations, care providers and NGOs at regional, state and national level will be strengthened by SASHI.