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Pushed from pillar to post: improving the availability and quality of support after self-harm in England

 

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Pushed from pillar to post: improving the availability and quality of support after self-harm in England

This report by the Samaritans finds that there is no consistently effective support available to people who self-harm.

The research identified four key support needs for people who self-harm, which are seen as essential to providing effective care: distraction from immediate self-harm urges; emotional relief in times of stress; developing alternative coping strategies; and addressing the underlying reasons for self-harm. The report makes several recommendations for how the needs of people who self-harm can be met more effectively.