Self-harm and young people
Self-harm among young people is a complex and significant public health issue. Despite considerable research investigating the characteristics, reasons and motivations for self-harm, it is a behaviour that remains largely misunderstood and highly stigmatised in the community. Young people experiencing mental ill-health are a group at increased risk of engaging in self-harm, yet little is known about effective therapeutic interventions. This research bulletin summarises findings from recent literature and identifies opportunities both in clinical practice and research to develop and trial new therapeutic approaches.