Self-harm and suicide: care, interventions and policy
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Self-harm and suicide: care, interventions and policy

Stephen H Cook Principal lecturer, Mental health nursing
Carmel Clancy Senior lecturer, Addiction and mental health, Addictive behaviour, Middlesex University, School of Health and Social Sciences;
Sarah Sanderson Team manager, Crisis resolution and home treatment team, Blakewater Day Unit, Pendleview Mental Health Unit, Queen’s Park Hospital, Blackburn, Lancashire

This article aims to raise awareness about self-harming behaviours and suicide. It explores their complex nature, social context, why they have become a central issue in public health and the challenges they present. The assessment of patients who self-harm is discussed, together with psychological and social policy interventions that may be used.

Nursing Standard. 18, 43, 43-52. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.