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MaSH Learning

Management of Self-Harm in the Emergency Department

Welcome to MaSH Learning: Management of Self-Harm in the Emergency Department.

This online learning resource has been developed by researchers at the Manchester Self-Harm (MaSH) Project, which is part of the Centre for Suicide Prevention, a leading UK centre for research into suicidal behaviour based at The University of Manchester.

This resource has been designed to help you understand more about why people self-harm and how to help people who present to hospital emergency departments after self-harm.

This resource covers the following five sections:

  • What is self-harm?
  • The epidemiology and risk factors for self-harm
  • Best practice hospital management of self-harm
  • Is hospital management of self-harm improving?
  • Practical clinical guidance

You can navigate through the sections  below at your own pace. We estimate it should take no longer than one hour to complete.




If you have any questions about this learning content or the Manchester Self-Harm Project, you can contact us by email if you would like to join our mailing list and receive updates and information about our work and events. You can also find more information about our work, along with links to our reports and research papers, on our webpages.



By post: The Manchester Self-Harm Project

2nd Floor

Jean McFarlane Building

The University of Manchester Oxford Road


M13 9PL


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Development of this resource was partly funded by Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.