Mr Robert Young explores the issue of deliberate self-harm including suicide and attempted suicide. He discusses the epidemiology and risk factors involved and some of the psychiatric theories behind self-harm. He also talks about the kind of evidence base and psychiatric research available and identifies the reseach needs that would benefit the field, particularly with respect to psychiatric treatments, interventions and towards tackling the causes of self-harm.


Date published: 25 March 2008

Audio running time: 17 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


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


  • describe the epidemiological and demographic shape in terms of prevalence rates for suicide and deliberate self-harm

  • identify the variety of different risk-factors and high-risk groups linked with suicide and self-harm

  • discuss some of the theories and reasons behind why people self-harm

  • understand the nature of psychiatric treatments available for people who self-harm

  • understand the issues in the treatment and prevention of suicide and self-harm that require greater research in the future.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2008. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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