Dr Maria Michail is a Senior Birmingham Fellow and leads the suicide and self-harm research group at the Institute for Mental Health, University of Birmingham. Her work focuses on understanding the processes that underlie self-harm and suicidal behaviour in young people with multiple vulnerabilities; and, using this knowledge to develop evidence-based interventions and clinical decision support systems to improve young people’s care and outcomes. She has significant experience working in primary care settings. Dr Michail’s research has had a demonstrable impact on UK policy and practice. Her research has informed the development of an educational resource on youth suicide assessment and management for GPs which has been adopted by the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK. Dr Michail is a member of the Birmingham Suicide Prevention Steering Group and is working closely with a number of third sector organisations including the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).