CFMHAS was established in 2012 by Catherine Robinson and Rob Poole, supported by a grant from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board charitable funds. We have rapidly expanded since then. The UKRI/GCRF funded South Asia Self Harm Initiative (SASHI) was developed by CFMHAS. It is led by Catherine Robinson as Chief Investigator. Professor Robinson has moved to the University of Manchester where she is Directors an NIHR funded research unit. Rob Poole leads the Bangor University element of SASHI. Catherine Robinson retains close involvement in CFMHAS.
CFMHAS focuses on research that has a direct application to improve the mental well-being of the general population or to improve mental health care. We are investigate complex problems that are best addressed through combined qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Our interests include:
- Self-harm, non-accidental injury and suicide
- Prescribed opioid medication, chronic pain and substance misuse
- Social care and carers
- Care and treatment of people with enduring mental health problems
- Ethics including professional boundaries and spirituality, coercion, and violence in health settings
- Creativity and mental illness
- Research synthesis