Those close to people who self-injure desperately want to know why they do it.
A good starting point to find out why people self-injure is to ask them about their reasons for this behaviour.
Studies have found scrolling through Instagram is linked with increased depression.
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We often hear reports of the effect of social media on teens' mental health. So what does the science say about it?
The UK has the highest rates of self-harm in Europe.
New research shows that even previously obstructive parents can be coached into providing vital support for their children with eating disorders.
A new psychological intervention can help any parents - even those crippled by fear and self-blame - to become powerful recovery coaches to children with eating disorders.
It’s hard for parents to know whether, or how, they should address suicide with their children.
If a child is old enough to ask about suicide, then they're probably old enough for a discussion about it.
Research shows that night waking in infancy is associated with behavioural control challenges at three and four years of age.
Poor sleep in infants and children has been linked to an array of problems, from aggression to poor school performance to diabetes, obesity and suicide. Our expert reviews the science.
As a community we need proactive, positive strategies to reduce youth self-harm and suicide.
Youth suicide has reached a ten year high, but suicide and self-harm are still taboo topics in schools.
Teens most at risk of self-harm are those who are same-sex attracted or bisexual, or those with depression, anxiety or general feelings of unhappiness.
A snapshot of Australian teens shows most doing well, but as a group they are still plagued by suicide risk, self-harm and mental health problems.
When teen romance crashes, adults often see it as trivial or "character building." The truth is, breakups are a major cause of suicide, drug use and self-harm.
What schools should be doing to deal with the crisis in children’s mental health.
Teenagers who bully also have a high risk of mental health issues.
When it comes to bullying, there is a common misconception that children neatly fall into a category of bully, victim, or not involved. This is not the case.
A photo by Albert Londe of a ‘hysterical’ woman taken around 1890.
Wellcome Library, London
Psychiatrists in the 19th century began attributing self-harm to a desire to manipulate others.
The women were not supported through traumatic events.
I conducted interviews with 26 young women in alcohol and drug treatment services in Victoria. More than half of them disclosed a history of sexual abuse and 20 spoke about cutting themselves.
Bodies at war.
Body identity integrity disorder is a strange and very distressing condition. A shift towards treating it as a neuroscientific problem could be the key to a cure.
A diagnostic label such as borderline personality disorder, with its stigma and propensity to invalidate the person’s suffering, clearly has many negative impacts.
Diagnostic labels usually describe symptoms, attempt to answer the question of what is wrong, and lead to a treatment plan. But "borderline personality disorder" fails on all three counts.
People who intentionally harm themselves aren’t always easy to identify or categorise.
Deliberately inflicting pain or injury by cutting oneself or some other form of self-mutilation seems incomprehensible to many people. But it’s a common, typically secretive, experience for about 8% of…
Being bullied at primary school has a direct effect on how likely a teenager is to self-harm, researchers at the Universities…
Chinese police in Tibet are equipped with guns and a fire extinguisher to deal with any person protesting through self immolation.
On January 12, a young Tibetan man, Tsering Tashi, set himself on fire in a nomadic area in China’s Gansu province, while calling for the long life of the Dalai Lama and a free Tibet. Less than a week…
Self-harm is a response to emotions that feel intolerable and unbearable to young people who aren’t yet equipped to deal with them.
A study published today in the Lancet shows that while self-harm is relatively common among teenagers, most young people will naturally stop hurting themselves as they develop biologically and emotionally…