Information for the public
What happens after I have been assessed?
If you think that your care does not match what is described in this information, please talk to a member of your healthcare team in the first instance.
After your assessment, your care should continue with community mental health services who will develop a care plan with you and, if you agree, your family or carer. They should give a printed copy of this care plan to you and to your GP.
As part of your care plan, healthcare professionals should discuss and agree with you your aims for the longer-term treatment of your self-harming behaviour. These aims may be to:
prevent your self-harm increasing or getting more severe
reduce harm, or reduce or stop self-harm
reduce or stop other harmful risk-taking behaviour
improve your quality of life at home or at work, or return to work if you have not been working
improve any mental health problems.
The treatment aims should be written in your care plan. Your care team should check your care plan with you at times agreed with you. This should happen at least once a year. Your care team should make sure that the aims are still realistic and suitable for you.
Healthcare professionals should also develop a plan to manage and reduce any risks connected to self-harm, any suicidal thoughts and other harmful risk-taking behaviour. The plan should include how to cope in a crisis and how to access services if you find that you cannot cope. You should be advised that healthcare professionals may need to share information in your plan with other professionals. They should update the plan regularly if your circumstances change.
If you and your healthcare professional do not agree about your treatment, you may be offered the opportunity to write this in your records.
You should be offered information about the dangers of self-harm and the treatments for it and any mental health problems, and given time to discuss it.