Year: 2020 Source: Trends in Urology & Men's Health. (2020). 11:3. 22-25. SIEC No: 20200486

Self‐harm in men is a risk factor for suicide but it is not always well recognised as one. All healthcare professionals engaging with men who self‐harm must be aware of the association and be prepared to discuss mental health issues with these patients.

Self‐harm and suicide attract considerable attention as public health problems. However, coverage can be confusing as self‐harm is often discussed as a non‐suicidal behaviour that is seen in young people, especially young women, and yet it is also recognised as a risk for suicide.As a result, responding to self‐harm is now identified as an important part of suicide prevention strategies. For example, one of the key aims included in the UK’s National Suicide Prevention plan is to reduce suicide in high‐risk groups, which it identifies as men in mid‐life, people with a history of self‐harm and people with serious physical illness. Evidently, suicide prevention is a serious issue. Against that background this article discusses the relationship between self‐harm and suicide, and offers guidance on assessment and management for those working in healthcare outside of mental health services.