Mental health

Use of social support

Question 5: Is use of social support better than treatment as usual for persons with thoughts or plans of self-harm in the last month or acts of self-harm in the last year?

Management of self harm and suicide

  • Population: persons with thoughts, plans or acts of self-harm
  • Interventions: social support (in the form of social support services, e.g. case management, or community and family-based social support)
  • Comparison: treatment as usual
  • Outcomes:
    • suicide mortality
    • repetition of suicide attempts and acts of self-harm
    • thoughts or plans of self-harm, hopelessness
    • quality of life
    • functionality status.

Recommendation(s)

Use of social support (from available informal and/or formal community resources) should be facilitated for persons who volunteer thoughts of self-harm or who are identified as having plans of self-harm in the last month or acts of self-harm in the last year.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG

Evidence profile

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