Trust deals with 8,000 cases of self-harm, agency finds
Nearly 5,000 people were treated for self-harm over 8,000 times in a part of Northern Ireland, new research from the Public Health Agency has revealed.
The figures from the Self-Harm Registry, which focused on the Western Health and Social Care Trust area, showed that between 2007 and 2012, 4,733 people were treated for 8,175 self-harmings.
The biggest number of cases - 34% - arrived at emergency departments between 11pm and 3am, but a mental health assessment was recorded in only 15% of patients in A&E.
Alcohol was involved in 60% of self-harm cases and over half resulted in admission to a general ward.
Based on the findings, the PHA has commissioned training for front line staff to help them understand the issues around self-harm and the impact on family and carers.
A new regional Self-Harm Intervention Project will also be implemented in the early autumn in all five trust areas.