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Teen Self-Injury: Working Toward Healthy Coping Skills
For Parents, Guardians, Youth Workers, and Caring Adults Interested in Teen Mental Health.
Air Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Many adults recoil at the thought of self-injury, but it’s a fact among young people: approximately 18% of teens and upwards of 35% of college students report having self-injured in some way. And the connection with depression is strong, with between 40% and 70% of teens treated for self-injury having a depression diagnosis.
Self-injury is an unhealthy coping mechanism that can lead to an increased risk of suicide. Although this data is alarming, there is good news. Adults can intervene effectively by understanding the function of self-injury, recognizing the signs, and helping adolescents develop healthy coping mechanisms to manage their pain.
In this webinar, Dr. Jason Washburn, board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist, explains the connection between self-injury and depression and shares how caring adults can talk about self-injury in a compassionate way, identify signs and respond effectively, and help teens develop healthy coping skills.
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