• To understand the benefits of compassionate care for people who self-harm
• To learn about tools that can be used to provide compassionate care such as urge surfing and ‘compassionate kit bags’
• To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)
• To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)
People who self-harm tend to find it challenging to accept care and compassion from others and to be compassionate towards themselves. Providing compassionate care to people who self-harm can be a soothing intervention that reduces their distress and/or helps them manage their distress. Nurses can support people who self-harm on their journey towards recovery by delivering interventions informed by compassion-focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
This article offers insights into compassionate care for people who self-harm and advice on how to provide it. Tools and techniques for enhancing compassion in the care of people who self-harm – including formulation, urge surfing, compassionate kit bags and compassionate wound care – are described. A case study outlines the importance of showing compassion to people who self-harm when they seek support from healthcare services.
Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2022.e1631Peer review
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Rayner G, Wright K (2022) Compassionate care for people who self-harm: principles, tools and techniques. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2022.e1631
Published online: 20 December 2022
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