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The NICE clinical guideline on self-harm covers:

  • the care people who harm themselves can expect to receive from healthcare professionals in hospital and out of hospital
  • the information they can expect to receive  
  • what they can expect from treatment
  • what kinds of services best help people who harm themselves.

The guideline does not attempt to explain self-harm or describe the treatment in detail.

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Appendices 1 to 16

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Appendix 17

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Appendix 18

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Appendix 19

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Clinical practice algorithms

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