Hospital presentations: suicidal ideation and self harm

Published 29.10.2015

A case based module for internal medicine trainees on how to assess and manage suicidal ideation and self harm.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, you should have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • Understand what suicidal ideation is and its significance and know when and how to ask patients about suicidal thoughts
  • Understand what self harm is, its causes and its relation to suicide and be confident to take a competent history following self harm
  • Be able to identify symptoms of serious mental illness including depression and psychosis
  • Manage the most common type of overdose (paracetamol)
  • Assess a patient's mental capacity and know how to approach a patient refusing essential treatment
  • Understand the basic principles of the UK Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act
  • Have an awareness of the long term management of patients following self harm and/or suicidal ideation.

This course is part of the Priority clinical conditions chapter.


Suhanthini Farrell, Samer Khalil

Peer reviewed by Jon Taylor

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