Self-harm and suicide in adults

CR229, July 2020

This report provides new, practice-focused guidance for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals on suicide and self‑harm that examines what interaction is now needed between these topics. It considers in detail:

  • the national policy context
  • prevention of suicide and self‑harm
  • the commissioning of services
  • professional roles
  • responsibilities for clinicians and clinical pathways for adults with self‑harm.

Best practice tips and safety plans are provided, as well as guidelines for assessment and intervention. Those who use services provide the best insight to support progress and that is why the experiences of patients and those close to them are at the very centre of this guidance. Their contribution has been invaluable.

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