Recommendation ID
Clinical effectiveness of low-intensity/brief psychosocial interventions for people who self-harm:- For people who self-harm, does the provision of potentially cheap low-intensity/brief psychosocial interventions, compared with treatment as usual, improve outcomes? This question should be answered using a well-conducted randomised controlled trial. Consider using a variety of approaches, including postcards, emergency cards, phone calls, or the use of electronic media in community mental health settings. The outcomes should include service users' engagement and experience, and hospital-reported and self-reported repetitions of self harm. Other important outcomes, such as quality of life, depressive symptoms and adverse events (for example, distress or exacerbation of symptoms associated with contact with services) should be included.
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why this is important:- Many people do not engage with available treatments following self-harm. If acceptable, alternative approaches, such as the low-intensity contact interventions indicated above, can be relatively easily and widely implemented, with the potential to improve outcomes, at relatively low cost, in individuals who may be otherwise difficult to engage.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Self-harm in over 8s: long-term management
Date issued
November 2011

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No