Self-harm in adolescents


Adolescents who self-harm represent a significant challenge to professionals, with around 1 in 10 young people thought to be engaging in self-harming behaviour. As self-harm is not a diagnosis in itself, to be effective the doctor is required to conduct a thorough assessment and to formulate a psychosocial management plan that will include the mitigation of risk. In this podcast, Dr Alison Wood, Dr Gemma Trainor and Dr Justine Rothwell talk to CPD Online Trainee Editor Dr Jennifer Powell about the ways to approach the assessment and treatment of young people who self-harm.


Date published: 24 March 2021

Presenter: Dr Jennifer Powell

Interviewee: Dr Alison Wood, Dr Gemma Trainor and Dr Justine Rothwell

Audio running time: 57 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the extent of the problem of self-harm in adolescents


  • the reasons why young people may self-harm


  • the relationship between self-harm and suicide in young people


  • social media and internet use in young people and its impact on self-harm and suicidal behaviours


  • the ways to approach an initial or emergency assessment of self-harm


  • treatment approaches and prognosis for young people who self-harm.


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If you like this podcast, you may also be interested in the following:


Module Self-harm in adolescents: Part 1 – risk assessment and management by Dr Alison Wood, Dr Gemma Trainor and Dr Justine Rothwell


Module Psychosocial management of self-harm: Part 1 and Part 2 by Professor Patricia Casey and Dr Alexandra Pitman

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