Year: 2003 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.7, no.2, (2003), p.175-181 SIEC No: 20051352

A service enhancement program for deliberate self-harm (DSH) patients in 2 area mental health services in New South Wales, Australia, examined the effectiveness of emergency cards (‘Green Cards’) in enhancing patients’ return rates, & perceived effectiveness by service personnel. 84% of patients receiving a Card attended their appointment, compared with 40% receiving another form of referral. While Green Cards were found to be effective for patients engaging in DSH, challenges to implementation, including resistance from staff, are discussed. (22 refs)