Understanding and managing self-harm in a school setting (April 2016)

Self-harm is common in young people, with 17% of adolescents (10-17) and 13% of young adults (18-24) reporting that they have engaged in deliberate self-harm.  This behaviour can be difficult for schools to manage and causes distress amongst staff, students and families.

This webinar will explore the occurrence of self-harm in young people, the relationship between self-harm and suicide and assist school staff to consider how they manage the occurrence of self-harm and care for the students involved. 
Following the webinar participants will have immediate access to an Extended Q&A where the presenter will continue the discussion responding to participant’s questions and provide an opportunity to share participant’s ideas and experiences on the topic.

The information in this webinar is current as at April, 2016.

Who is this webinar for?

Staff who work in education settings, particularly those with a role in supporting the wellbeing of students. 

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • About the prevalence and meaning of deliberate self-harm in students

  • The link between self-harm, suicide and mental illness

  • The need for school policy and guidelines

  • To improve the management of incidents of self-harm and outcomes for the individual students, other impacted students and staff.


Photo of Karen MarriageKaren Marriage, Clinical Psychologist, Senior Project Manager, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Karen Marriage has 17 years of clinical experience with young people experiencing mental health difficulties, who often engage in self-harming behaviour. She uses this knowledge to provide assistance to services and individuals wishing to enhance their interactions with vulnerable young people and their families.
Karen has managed learning programs designed to improve the mental health outcomes of young people working with agencies such as the Department of Human Services, Youth Justice, Victoria Police, beyondblue, secondary schools, primary care settings, non-government agencies and mental health clinicians.