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Self-harm in teenagers: The spectrum from nonsuicidal self-injury to suicidality

This on-demand training is a recording of our hybrid training that took place on July 7, 2023. There are two recordings available:
1) Non-suicidal self-harm in teenagers: The role of emotion regulation in understanding and treating this urgent problem
2) Suicide in teenagers: Signs, symptoms and risk factors

Participants have the option to register for one session or both. Upon registration, participants will receive a confirmation email that includes access information to our on-demand training platform, SickKids Academy Online. Participants will have access for 90 days from the date they begin the course on SickKids Academy Online. Following the training, participants are required to complete a quiz to receive the Certificate of Participation.

Self-harm in teenagers: The spectrum from nonsuicidal self-injury to suicidality on-demand training features Dr. Marshall Korenblum, an expert speaker and psychiatrist at Garry Hurvitz Centre for Community Mental Health at SickKids.

As cited by *research from The Hospital for Sick Children, there has been a sharp increase in emergency department visits for attempted suicide and suicide ideation among children and adolescents during COVID-19. While there was a 32 per cent reduction in pediatric ED visits for any health-related reasons during the pandemic, there was an alarming 22 per cent increase in the number of children and adolescents going to EDs for suicide attempts and an eight per cent increase in visits for suicide ideation.

Non-suicidal, self-harm in adolescents: The role of emotion regulation in understanding and treating this urgent problem

Cutting. Burning. Extreme risk-taking. There has been an explosion of self-harm among teenagers in the last 10 years. Why? What could possibly drive young people, in the prime of their lives, to hurt themselves in such dramatic and widespread ways?

Learning objectives:

  • Define the criteria for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Disorder and describe its prevalence/epidemiology
  • Understand the reasons why teenagers hurt themselves 
  • Describe the role and function of NSSI
  • Clarify the relationship between NSSI and suicidal behaviour; between NSSI and BPD

Suicide in teenagers

The prevalence rate of suicide in teenagers remains unacceptably high. Why? What are the warning signs and risk factors for suicidal behaviour in teens? What can be done to intervene? What role does mental illness play? What role does media (social media, television, movies, and etc.) play? This training will elucidate a clear understanding of how to recognize the signs of suicide in teenagers and what to do about it.

  • Describe the differences between “normal” sadness and clinical depression
  • Identify risk factors and red flags for suicidal behaviour in teenagers
  • Describe options for managing suicidal behaviours
  • Describe protective factors and components of resilience in teenagers