Looking the other way

Young people and self-harm

Self-harm among young people in Australia is a significant public health issue, yet one that, like the behaviour itself, remains covered and misunderstood. Even with the increased leadership, focus and investment in youth mental health and suicide prevention over the past decade, the extent and impact of self-harm remain largely neglected. As a result, evidence for effective prevention and early intervention approaches for self-harm is severely lacking.

This comprehensive report looks at the prevalence and impact of self-harming behaviour in young people, the barriers to these young access appropriate care and what can be done to improve outcomes for these young people.

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