Introduction to Self-harm course for GPs
This session provides an introduction to self-harm. The session starts with a knowledge check, followed by information used within the health care setting to gain a better understanding of self-harm among young people.
By the end of this session you will be able to:
- Identify common methods of self-harm
- Recognise the most relevant risk factors
- Examine the prevalence among young people
- Explain, in general terms, why adolescents self-harm
Self-harm among young people is a major public health issue in the UK. It is difficult to be sure of how many young people self harm as many young people never tell anyone what is going on but figures suggest it affects at least one in 10 young people and some evidence suggests that rates of self-harm are higher than anywhere else in Europe. Research shows that the rates are rising with recent published figures in 2014 suggesting a 70% increase in 10-14 year olds attending A&E for self-harm related reasons over the preceding 2 years.
Chris (MSc HPPF (LSE), MA Education) has been involved in the development of medical education programmes for a large number of years both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His special interests include the psychosocial aspects of adolescent well-being and child protection.