Research into why people with learning difficulties self-harm is to be conducted by Bristol University and charity Bristol Crisis Service for Women.
The study aims to understand the experiences of people with learning difficulties, and those who support them. It will highlight how to better support individuals who self-harm.
Dr Pauline Heslop, lead researcher for the project said: "This will be the first time a study has actually asked people with learning difficulties about their own understandings of their self-harm and what would help them."
"A first-hand understanding of why people with learning difficulties might self-ham is vital, so that appropriate responses and management of incidents of self-ham can be made.”
Charity Bristol Crisis Service for Women supports women in emotional distress, and particularly those who self-harm.