SELF-HARM AND SUICIDE IN YOUNG PEOPLE: ASSOCIATED RISK FACTORS AND EVIDENCE BASED INTERVENTIONS

Expert Opinion Statement by Professor Ella Arensman, Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation, Adjunct Professor of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (Ireland)
 
In recent years, international research has shown an increase of self-harm and suicide in young people. In addition, many self-harm acts among children and adolescents remain ‘hidden’ from health services. Self-harm in children and adolescents commonly involves self-cutting and intentional drug overdose, and associations have been found with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse and bullying including cyberbullying.
Suicide clustering is four times more common among young people (15-24 years) than other age groups. There are indications of increasing clustering and contagion effects in suicidal behaviour among young people associated with the rise in social media. In addition, in small communities social learning processes also contribute to clustering of suicide and self-harm.
There is growing evidence for positive mental health promotion programmes in reducing risk factors for self-harm and strengthening protective factors. A number of specific interventions, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy have demonstrated positive effects in reducing risk of repeated self-harm among young people. However, the number of randomised controlled trials in this area is limited.

Related posts

8 July 2016

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (WHO), a member of the Congress International Organizing Committee, delivers a keynote report at the Congress

  Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) at WHO’s Headquarters Office since...

11 May 2018

Reducing Poverty by Employment of Persons with Disabilities: Contributions of Psychological Research and Practice By Dr.Judy Kuriansky, Main representative of the International Association of Applied Psychology and the World Council of Psychotherapy to t

21 March 2016

The World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) has become an official partner of the Congress on Mental Health

The World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) has become an official partner of the Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the...

16 August 2019

International Congress Partners

The III Congress on Mental Health has been honored to be granted co-sponsorship on behalf the leading international professional organizations...

11 April 2016

DR. AFZAL JAVED,IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT WORLD ASSOCIATION FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION, HAS JOINED THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Dr. Afzal Javed,MBBS,MCPS, D.PSYCH (LONDON), BOARD CERT.PSYCH (UK), F.R.C.Psych.(UK), M.PHIL (EDINBURGH),FRCP (Ireland), Immediate Past President World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation...

24 January 2017

8th World Congress for Psychotherapy

“Conflicts arise in the human mind and it is in the human mind that they can be resolved.” Acceptance speech...

3 May 2017

26th European Congress of Psychiatry – EPA 2018

  The 26th Congress of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) will take place 3-6 March 2018 at the Nice Acropolis Convention...

1 July 2019

UNICEF Annual Report

In 2018, UNICEF embarked on a new chapter with a new plan. Anchored in the Convention on the Rights of...

9 November 2017

II CONGRESS ON MENTAL HEALTH: MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE XXI CENTURY INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBER - PROFESSOR ROY ABRAHAM KALLIVAYALIL COMMENTS ON MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

President of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP), Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), II Congress on...

22 May 2016

PROF. BORIS D. TSYGANKOV, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, ADDICTION AND PSYCHOTHERAPY OF FACULTY OF ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION OF MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY NAMED AFTER A.I. EVDOKIMOV, HAS JOINED THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTE