Suicide prevention for those who have self-harmed

Self-harm is the single biggest indicator of suicide risk and provides a crucial opportunity for intervention. People with a history of self-harm are at increased risk of suicide and self-harm is increasing in young people, particularly girls.

This page contains links to relevant research and examples of good practice from local areas in the programme to reduce self-harm.

This project collects and analyses data on all self-harm presentations to emergency departments in the City of Manchester. Their work has had an impact on local service provision and risk management, and influenced national suicide prevention policies. Below are publications about the project.

NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements, which draw on existing guidance. Below are the NICE guidelines and quality standard for self-harm.

The Services for self-harm toolkit has been developed by NCISH from the NICE Quality Standard on Self-Harm (QS34). In this toolkit, 8 quality statements are presented in a format that is intended to be used as a basis for self-assessment by mental health care providers. You can use the toolkit to record progress against each quality statement.