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Brief intervention: reducing the repetition of deliberate self-harm

Deliberate self-poisoning is one of the most common reasons for admission to hospital in the UK and up to 15 per cent of patients who poison themselves eventually kill themselves. The government has set targets for the reduction of suicide rates in Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation (Department of Health, 1999) and the National Service Framework for Mental Health (DoH, 1999). Many studies have looked at the factors that indicate the risk of suicide, and leading researchers have expressed ...

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