Improving Care in Self-Harm

Working to reduce the number of suicides in the region, by transforming understanding of self-harm across the health service and improving treatment and support for self-harm patients.

The Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) is working to reduce the number of suicides in the region, by transforming understanding of self-harm across the health service and improving treatment and support for self-harm patients. They aim to ensure self-harm treatment and care is equitable, fully evidence based and non-stigmatising for all people who self-harm, and to reduce suicides in Bristol.

Self-harm is a growing problem for the NHS in Bristol and across the rest of the UK, with around 200,000 hospital emergency department cases reported nationally every year. The number of people who self-harm in Bristol alone is estimated at around 25,000. The condition is the highest predictor of suicide, with self-harm patients 35 times more likely to end their own lives.