“It is more important than ever that we make the most of every contact with someone who self-harms”

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project CEO, Caroline Harroe last week was quoted in the media regarding new research that revealed why some people do not receive NICE recommended care following self-harm. The research has been co-authored by those with lived experience of self-harm and accessing mental health services. It has been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. It recognises that self-harm is an important risk factor for suicide. Hence, why every contact with someone who is using self-harm to cope is so vital. It has the potential to save a life. The research found that only half of those attending A&E following an episode of self- harm receive a mental health assessment. It also found that potentially unsafe misconceptions about self-harm could influence who did or did not receive help.

Read the full article, including Caroline’s contributions here.