Exploring reasons for self-harm in young people (May 2018)

Self-harm is a broad term that describes any behaviour in which a person deliberately hurts themselves. Self-harm is usually associated with distress and it can be associated with a wide range of problems, including a number of different diagnosable mental health problems. Self-harm can also cause significant distress to other people who might care for the young person.

This webinar will examine briefly the facts about self-harm in young people, and will examine some of the more commonly reported reasons for self-harm. The importance of understanding these reasons will be discussed, for engaging young people and for intervening and building more adaptive coping skills. This webinar will help professionals working with young people to feel more confident to understand the reasons for self-harm.

Information in this webinar is current as at May, 2018.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians and researchers who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services (such as those working in Alcohol and Other Drugs, Housing, Youth Services, Education)

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • The basic facts about self-harm in young people
  • The common reasons young people self-harm
  • Why it is important to understand the reasons a young person self-harms
  • How this might inform interventions with young people


Dr Louise McCutcheon

Dr Louise McCutcheon is a clinical psychologist and Senior Program Manager at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and Helping Young People Early (HYPE), Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. Louise jointly founded the award-winning Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, an early intervention program for borderline personality disorder (BPD) in young people in 2000. She works with mental health services assisting them to implement early intervention for BPD and lectures and teaches both nationally and internationally.

Dr Reem Ramadan

Dr Reem Ramadan is a clinical psychologist and senior clinician at the Helping Young People Early (HYPE) Program, an early intervention program for borderline personality disorder at Orygen Youth Health. She has worked with young people experiencing complex and severe mental health difficulties for more than 10 years in public mental health services in the UK and Melbourne. Reem uses her clinical knowledge and experiences to assist mental health services and other organisations to identify and respond effectively to vulnerable young people and their families.