Table 1

Number and characteristics of patients index episodes of ED SH attendances in 2014 and 2015 periods

January– March 2014
(n=298)
January– March 2015
(n=318)
Attendances by hour of day n (%)
  Monday to Friday, 09:00–17:0070 (21)75 (24)
  Other228 (79)242 (76)
Female n (%)166 (57)201 (63)
Age on years mean (SD)34 (14)35 (15)
Marital status n (%)
 Single220 (74)253 (80)
 Married30 (10)32 (10)
 Other38 (13)26 (8)
 Unknown10 (3)7 (2)
Occupational status n (%)
 Employed56 (19)56 (18)
 Unemployed171 (57)147 (46)
 Other55 (17)80(25)
 Unknown14 (5)35 (11)
Type of self-harm n (%)
 Self-poisoning214 (72)227 (71)
 Self-injury47 (16)53 (17)
 Both21 (7.0)23 (7.2)
 Other/unknown16 (5.3)15 (4.7)
Previous self-harm n (%)
 Yes215 (72)364 (83)
 No54 (18)46 (15)
 Unknown29 (9.7)8 (2.5)
Previous inpatient psych treatment n (%)
 Yes79 (75)71 (73)
 No22 (21)25 (26)
 Unknown4 (3.8)1 (1.0)
Number of people presenting298318
Repeat episodes within January/February/March7563
Repeat episodes in April/May/June within 90 days from index episode3034
Total episodes403415
Number of self-harm episodes per patient (<90 days)
 1250265
 23634
 3511
 422
 >456
 Max19 (n=1)9 (n=1)
  • ED SH, emergency department self-harm.