NOTTINGHAM, England, Sept. 29 (UPI) — British researchers say there is a need for additional special training to handle self-harm — patients who cut themselves or try to commit suicide.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham in England say healthcare professionals lack appropriate training and support needed to help self-harmers.
The analysis, published in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, covered all aspects of self-harm, from patients who cut themselves to those who try to commit suicide. Jo McHale and Anne Felton studied 19 papers from several countries that covered the views of 1,300 nurses, other healthcare professionals and service users.
“Research has historically shown that people who have self-harmed often have negative experiences because of the attitudes of the healthcare professionals employed to help them,” McHale says in a statement.
McHale and Felton say better education and clinical supervision can improve attitudes — especially when it is supported by government guidance.
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