Self-harm: The short-term physical and psychological management and secondary prevention of self-harm in primary and secondary care

NICE guidelines [CG16] Published date:

Review decision date: February 2012

Review decision: 

Following consultation with stakeholders this guideline has now been placed on the static list. 

Next review date: TBC

In November 2011 the following recommendations were replaced with recommendations from Self-harm: longer-term management (NICE clinical guideline CG133): recommendations 1.7.3.3 and 1.7.3.4 on assessment of risk, 1.9.1.13 on special issues for children and young people, and 1.11.1.4 on psychological, psychosocial and pharmacological interventions.

Recommendation 1.11.1.5 on psychological, psychosocial and pharmacological interventions was withdrawn.

The NICE clinical guideline on self-harm covers:

  • the care people who harm themselves can expect to receive from healthcare professionals in hospital and out of hospital
  • the information they can expect to receive
  • what they can expect from treatment
  • what kinds of services best help people who harm themselves

The guideline does not attempt to explain self-harm or describe the treatment in detail.

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