About the project
SASH is a three year research
trial aimed at testing a promising new intervention for young people who self-harm. The trial aims to investigate whether we can better support adolescents who present with self-harm at Emergency Departments (EDs) across London, by using the SASH intervention.
The intervention involves a combination of a Therapeutic Assessment, a safety plan, and rapid solution-focused follow-up care. The Therapeutic Assessment has been specifically developed by Prof. Dennis Ougrin for adolescents presenting with self-harm in a crisis.
The project is funded by the Kavli Trust, and is being led by researchers at City, University of London, in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London, University College London, and the McPin Foundation.
When adolescents present in crisis, there is a crucial opportunity to intervene rapidly so that self-harm does not become an established coping strategy for life, significantly increasing the risk of suicide.
The period immediately following discharge from hospital is associated with the highest risk of repeat self-harm and suicide, demonstrating a need for rapid intervention.
Furthermore, previous research emphasises the need for compassionate, personalised care to break the cycle of self-harm. A promising approach to address this is a Therapeutic Assessment with safety planning and rapid follow-up contacts using a solution focused approach.
This trial aims to test the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of this approach for adolescents presenting to the Emergency Department with self-harm.