Ahead of their upcoming conference on 1st March, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Pieta House are urging parents, school-teachers and caregivers across the country to get educated on the subject of self-harm.

St Patrick’s CEO, Paul Gilligan, said,

“The increase in rates of self-harm among adolescents over the last number of years is worrying and yet we’re just not talking about it as a society. While we know that as many as 80% of under 25s who die by suicide have self-harmed in the year prior to their death, the act of self-harm continues to remain poorly understood. We are pleased to partner with Pieta House once again this year to turn the attention to this important to pic.”

The latest figures from the National Suicide Research Foundation reveal that in 2015, the national male rate of self-harm was 186 per 100,000, 1% higher than in 2014. The female rate of self-harm in 2015 was 222 per 100,000, 3% higher than 2014. Since 2007, the male rate has increased by 15%, whereas the female rate is 3% higher than in 2007.
Dr Paul Surgenor, Director of Research, Education and Training with Pieta House, said,

“The figures from the National Research Foundation are alarming but what is even more concerning is the fact that these figures are only based on hospital presentations, and it has been estimated that only 10% of adolescents who had self-harmed had actually presented to hospital.”

Dr Surgenor continued,

“We hope that the conference on March 1st will give parents and carers the skills and confidence to initiate the conversation and support their young people in the move from self-harm to self-care.”

The 2017 Self-Harm Awareness Conference will be held in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday March 1st (Self-Injury Awareness Day) and will offer a mix of practical workshops and presentations relevant to teaching staff, community workers, parents and students.
Keynote speaker, Ombudsman for Children, Niall Muldoon, said,

“I am delighted to be part of this important event which sets out to further our understanding of self-harm by offering practical advice and support to those working with young people in schools or within the community. I am also looking forward to outlining the importance of upholding and prioritising the rights of children and young people in this situation”.

For further information and to register to attend the Self-Harm Awareness Conference on March 1st, visit StPatricks.ie

Tickets are priced at €60/€40
Please note that workshop spaces are limited.

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