Self Harming in Adolescents

Unfortunately deliberate self harm (DSH) in adolescents is quite common and one of the most common presentations for mental health review in emergency departments throughout the world.  It is often not a precursor for suicide but is more often a sign of someone trying to cope with a significant period of distress.  DSH comes in a variety of forms, with burning and cutting being 2 of the most common.  There are a variety of resources on the internet, however I have drawn together some of the more useful ones written in Australia.

DECD Self Harm Information Booklet

College of Psychiatry Consumer Guidelines for Deliberate Self Harm