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Kilty, Caroline and Goodwin, John and Hartigan, Irene and Meehan, Elaine and Murphy, Margaret and Dillon, Christina and Heffernan, Sinead and Hegarty, Josephine and Greaney, Sonya and O'Brien, Maidy and Chambers, Derek and Twomey, Una and Horgan, Aine (2021) Healthcare staff's views on responding to suicide and self-harm: Part I. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care , Early online . https://doi.org/10.1111/ppc.12737.

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.


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