Journal article

Re-development of mental health first aid guidelines for non-suicidal self-injury: a Delphi study

Anna M Ross, Claire M Kelly, Anthony F Jorm

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Up to 12% of Australian adults and almost one in five adolescents are estimated to have engaged in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) at some time in their life. Friends and family are most likely to notice signs of NSSI, but may be unsure how to intervene. Mental health first aid guidelines were developed in 2008 on how to do this through providing initial support and encouraging appropriate professional help-seeking. This study aims to re-develop the 2008 NSSI first aid guidelines to ensure they contain current recommended helping actions and remain consistent with the NSSI intervention literature. METHODS: The Delphi consensus method was used to determine the importance of the in..

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