Self-harm in over 8s: long-term management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Key priorities for implementation

  • The following recommendations have been identified as priorities for implementation

Working with people who self-harm

  • Health and social care professionals working with people who self-harm should:
    • aim to develop a trusting, supportive and engaging relationship with them
    • be aware of the stigma and discrimination sometimes associated with self-harm, both in the wider society and the health service, and adopt a non-judgemental approach
    • ensure that people are fully involved in decision-making about their treatment and care
    • aim to foster people's autonomy and independence wherever possible
    • maintain continuity of therapeutic relationships wherever possible
    • ensure that information about episodes of self-harm is communicated sensitively to other team members

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