Managing young people with self-harming or suicidal behaviour
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Managing young people with self-harming or suicidal behaviour

Gemma Fisher Lecturer in children’s nursing, Birmingham City University

Gemma Fisher reviews the evidence on strategies healthcare professionals can adopt to offer better care for this patient group

This literature review aimed to determine the risk factors being used to identify children and young people who are at increased risk of engaging in self-harm and suicidal behaviour, so that optimal care can be provided for this patient group in children’s medical ward settings. The two main themes that emerged were mental and neurodevelopmental disorders, and external factors. Management strategies to aid healthcare professionals in caring for this patient group were also identified. The review concludes by highlighting the need to provide healthcare professionals with continuing education about the mental health problems of children and young people, including risk factors and management strategies.

Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 1, 25-31. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.28.1.25.s29


Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 01 June 2015

Accepted: 16 November 2015

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