Enhancing acute hospital care for patients who have self-harmed

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Abstract

Author David Anderson is chaplain at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and a psychotherapist working in private practice.

Abstract Self-harm is highly prevalent in the UK, and people who self-harm are at increased risk of death by suicide. Despite this, people who self-harm often do not know where to turn for help, other than accident and emergency. If admitted to an acute medical ward they will not always receive the support they need, for reasons that include lack of time but also lack of compassion or even discriminatory attitudes from staff. What can be done to change this? In an effort to answer this question, research was conducted at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital into the experiences of patients admitted after an episode of self-harm.

Citation Anderson D (2018) Enhancing acute hospital care for patients who have self-harmed.

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