Healthcare staff's views on responding to suicide and self-harm: Part I

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2021 Oct;57(4):1693-1699. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12737. Epub 2021 Feb 22.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Self-Injurious Behavior*
  • Suicide Prevention*