15 March 2016

Looking the Other Way: Young People and Self-Harm

Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health has released a report that lifts the lid on the unacceptably high rate of self-harm among young people in Australia today exposing the damaging effects of stigma associated with self-harm and the inability of available services to deal with it.

Titled ‘Looking the Other Way: Young People and Self-Harm’, the report is the first in the country that looks systematically and comprehensively into the largely hidden and misunderstood behaviour of self-harm among 12-25 year olds.

In particular, the report exposes the often crippling impact that self-harm can have on young people, on their families and on the broader community. It also examines the gaping holes in the level of care that young people receive when seeking help and the negative effect this has on their long-term wellbeing and recovery.

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