The need for compassionate self-harm servicesBMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1478 (Published 14 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1478
- Faraz Mughal, general practitioner and NIHR doctoral fellow1,
- Leah Quinlivan2,
- chartered psychologist and research fellow
- 1School of Medicine, Keele University, Keele, UK
- 2NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
The anonymous author of a recent What Your Patient is Thinking article shares a powerful story of feeling that their self-harm was dismissed and how this affected future help seeking.1 Self-harm is a serious public health issue and is the strongest risk factor for suicide: it must be taken seriously by healthcare professionals and services so that patients do not avoid seeking support and continue to struggle with self-harm and psychological distress.
The author described being free of …