Understanding and responding to non-suicidal self-injury in youth

  • Thursday, May 23, 2024
  • 9am-12pm

Self-injury is intentionally hurting the body (e.g. cutting, burning etc..) but without suicidal intent. Because it often looks like a suicidal gesture it tends to evoke fear and confusion. Its very nature seems to defy deep instinctual human drives for self-preservation as well strong social taboos related to self-inflicted injury. Much has been learned in the past decade and a half about what it is, why it works, and its relationship to suicide and other mental health challenges.

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