Psychosocial mental health risk assessment and therapeutic intervention is provided to young people who have self harmed, and their families. The service works with young people aged 12-17 years admitted to District General Hospitals following an act of self harm or presenting at A&E Department.
Capacity permitting, this service also accepts referrals from CAMHS, where self-harm is the primary presenting problem and the young person would benefit from a brief focused intervention to minimise self harming behaviours.
Referrals are accepted from A&E Departments, DistrictGeneralHospitals and Community Mental Health Teams.
The Adolescent Self Harm Team operates an on-call assessment service, 09.30 - 17.00, 365 days a year to A&E departments of District General Hospitals including Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Nurse Therapists are available every morning to assess young people admitted to DGH receiving wards. Intervention work is carried out by ASH between the hours of 09.30 to 17.30, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
A bed is available at Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Any young person (12-15 years) can access this bed when they present at any District General Hospital following an episode of self-harm after 5pm and no medical intervention is required. They will be assessed by the on-duty nurse the following morning. The young person must be agreeable to this course of action.