Purpose: To explore healthcare staff's knowledge and awareness of, and responses to, suicide and self-harm.
Design and methods: A qualitative design was adopted, and data were collected using a "World Café" approach (n = 143 participants), in addition to written submissions (n = 10). Data were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis.
Findings: There was variation relating to awareness of and responses to suicide and self-harm. Participants highlighted the need for further staff education and training, and a review of standardized assessment tools and referral processes.
Practice implications: Tailored training and education resources are required for healthcare staff. Clear protocols for assessing, treating, and referring people deemed at risk of suicide and self-harm are needed.
Keywords: World Café; healthcare staff; qualitative research; self-harm; suicide.
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