Suicidal behaviour among psychiatric inpatients
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Deliberate self-harm is a serious issue that health professionals constantly try to prevent. This article examines the case notes and psychosocial assessments of 37 patients in the psychiatric ward of a district general hospital who have attempted self-harm. It finds that the most common final trigger in these incidents appears to be interpersonal difficulties and suggests some feasible measures to prevent self-harm incidents in these circumstances.