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Rachel Parker

Research student, School of Social Sciences


I am a researcher and mental health consultant at DECIPHer (Centre for the Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement). I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.

My current project centres upon preventative intervention support for adolescent self-harm. It explores pupils' lived-experiences of self-harm in Wales.This project applies a public health systems-lens, analysing the risk and protective factors within the secondary school context. This is to understand pupils' health and support needs, centred upon pupils' perspectives.

My work is participatory-based and consultative, to inform public health complex interventions system-level modelling for health improvements. This means my research facilitates the views of sixth form pupils and young people in Wales who have lived experience of self-harm, as well as school staff and other community-based system-linked professionals. This work aims to generate and explore shared solutions to the health issue of adolescent self-harm in our society.