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  • All children and adolescents who have taken an overdose should be referred to hospital for medical evaluation, admission and subsequent evaluation by a mental health professional.
  • Urgent referral to secondary mental health services should be considered when there is a high risk of further self-harm or completed suicide. All children and adolescents who engage in serious methods of self-harm (eg attempted hanging), or who use methods suggesting high suicidal intent, should be referred.
  • Consider referral for psychological therapies, as appropriate.

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