Dec 26, 2017,U.K. Guardian: Researchers to study school records for clues on suicide and self-harm https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/26/researchers-to-study-school-records-for-clues-on-suicide-and-self-harm Researchers are embarking on an ambitious project to see whether a child’s school record can provide vital clues as to whether they are at risk of suicide or self-harm. Nearly one in 10 young people self-harm or have suicidal thoughts but understanding of the causes is limited, making prevention difficult. By analysing anonymised school data for 180,000 10- to 17-year-olds in south London, including on attendance and performance, and linking it to their health and hospital records, researchers hope to identify the most important risk factors, paving the way for early intervention. … “We have got about three children in every state school class who will eventually have these issues so I think it’s good that we’ll be able to intervene earlier,” said Dutta. “If we are able to have a better picture of which schools in particular are having this issue then we can target potentially high-need schools and colleges and maybe the culture will change earlier and we can prevent future problems.” … “If schools and services were able to identify which young people are at risk, we could intervene early and save lives. This research offers the opportunity to fill that gap, highlighting the children most at risk of suicidal behaviours so we can get them vital support.” … Researchers are analysing brain scans of young people across the world, as well as data on their behaviour, to try to predict who is in danger of suicide, in another project funded by MQ. The Hopes project will examine brain images from around 4,000 young people across 15 different countries as part of an attempt to create the largest dataset of its kind looking at the emergence of suicide in young people. Together with data on suicidal behaviour and traits, the researchers hope this will enable them to identify unique social and biological factors that make young people more likely to attempt suicide.