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Managing suicidal risk and self-harming behaviours in adolescents

Peter Chown

Mental health disorders account for the highest burden of disease among young people (almost 50%) in the 16-24 year age group (Young Australians: their health and wellbeing. AIHW 2011). There are nearly 300 suicides in this age group each year in Australia. Research also suggests that up to 12% of young people engage in deliberate self-harm. These behaviours present significant challenges for health professionals working with young people. The presenter provides a greater understanding of self-harming and suicidal behaviour in young people, as well as identifying effective responses in the assessment and management of these behaviours.

Connecting Minds Conference 2014
Byron Bay, NSW Australia
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Peter Chown

Peter Chown is a Psychologist specialising in working with young people. Peter is a Consultant with the NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health (NSWCAAH), and a specialist trainer for Headspace, the national youth mental health and substance use prevention program. He is principal author of the ‘GP Resource Kit on Adolescent Health’ and numerous publications on adolescent health for journals, text books, schools, GPs and counsellors. He has worked as a consultant on youth health programs for UNFPA, WHO and other international organisations in numerous developing countries. Peter has a private practice in Bangalow, northern NSW, specialising in working with adolescents and their families, as well as adults with trauma.

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