Self-harm can be separated into different forms, including unintentional self-harm, self-injurious behavior, non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, suicide attempts, and completed suicide. Non-suicidal self-injury is the intent to harm yourself without wanting to die. This includes burning, cutting, head banging, or punching a wall. This is different from unintentional self-harm, where we might see adolescents with developmental challenges bang their heads, slap themselves, or pick at their skin. In this episode, we will discuss how to assess, discuss, and treat non-suicidal self-injury in children and adolescents.
Dr. Hanni Flaherty joins us today to help us unpack this topic. She is an assistant professor and chair of advanced clinical practice at Yeshiva University. She is also the president & clinical director of the Collaborative People Clinical Group in New York, NY.