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Self-Help for Self-Injury resource receives national recognition

Posted on the 28th September 2015

An information booklet produced by staff from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with an Expert by Experience has been commended at the national BMA Patient Information Awards!

The BMA (British Medical Association) Patient Information Awards encourage excellence in the production and dissemination of accessible, well-designed and clinically balanced patient information. Jenny Winnard, Assistant Professional Lead Nurse at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust worked with Sarah Devlin, an Expert by Experience with assistance from the Clinical Governance Team to create a ‘Self-Help for Self-Injury’ booklet. This provides information for people who may self-injure, including how to care for their wounds and help available to deal with their thoughts and feelings to reduce occurrences of self-injury and help to improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.

Jenny Winnard, Assistant Professional Lead Nurse, Adult Mental Health Network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and co-author of the booklet said:

“We are delighted to have received an award for the ‘Self-Help for Self-Injury’ booklet. Sarah and I worked very closely together and it means a great deal to have been recognised nationally for the finished product. The project started when I was working with Sarah and we were looking for resources specifically around help for self-injury. We noticed there wasn’t much around so we decided to produce our own! We wanted to create a resource that provides advice for people who self-injure and help them to stay safe and combat their thoughts over time. We also wanted the booklet to offer advice and support to friends and family and be really user friendly for all. A special thank you needs to go to Sarah for her bravery in dealing not only with her own issues but at the same time using her experiences to create an invaluable resource to help others.”

Sarah Devlin, Expert by Experience and co-author of the booklet said:

“It was an honour to travel to the awards in London and collect the certificate on behalf of the team. I am really proud of the booklet and hope that it can be used to help people who self-injure and encourage them to keep safe and seek help when they feel ready.”

You can find an electronic version of the ‘Self-Help for Self-Injury’ booklet by visiting www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/information-leaflets. If you or someone you know is concerned about their mental health and self-injury, please contact your GP in the first instance.