Self-harm: non-suicidal self-injury


In this telephone interview, Dr David Klonsky discusses self-harm; non-suicidal self-injury, outlining what we mean by self-harm, its prevalence and discussing ways of making an assessment and assessing severity.


Date published: 9 June 2009

Audio running time: 11 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will be able to:


  • provide a definition of self-harm

  • understand the limitations facing the assessment of self-harm and assessment of severity

  • be familiar with the level of treatment available for self-harm and the evidence associated with a reduction in self-injury

  • be aware of the major developments in this area that will help our understanding of self-harm in the future.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2009. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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Assessment of suicide ideation, risk of suicide and self-harm by Dr Matthew Nock


Self-harm by Dr Robert Young

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