Mental health first aid guidelines for suicidal thoughts and behaviours, and NSSI

Suicide and NSSI are mental health problems of considerable public concern as 4% of the Western population are estimated to engage in self-harming behaviours, and suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide. In an attempt to prevent both suicide and NSSI, the Population Mental Health Group and Mental Health First Aid have re-developed guidelines for members of the public providing first aid for people who are having suicidal thoughts or displaying suicidal behaviour, or engaging in NSSI.

The suicidal thoughts and behaviours first aid guidelines and the non-suicidal self-injury first aid guidelines are now available.