Recently, representatives from the Harmless team attended the Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescence Research Day at the University of Bristol. The aim of the day was to showcase research, identify unresolved research questions, foster collaborations and share experiences and gave Harmless a great opportunity to present the work we do on a national scale.
A member of the Harmless Team, Val, said “David Klonskey provided us with some food for thought on ‘Understanding Suicide towards an Ideation to Action.’ Questioning what predicts progression from ideation to suicide. He proposed that with risk factors including mood disorder, a history of self harm, anxiety disorder and loss of relationship, job or financial loss confer a desire. However, when there was a change in other factors such as stressors increasing, having fewer reasons to live and there being less fear, all hasten the transitions from ideation to attempts. Suicidal ideation develops with two necessary conditions such as when pain and hopelessness increases. When a person’s pain becomes greater than their connectedness to others, this can be a prediction to suicide.”
The day also involved in depth discussion around the treatment of self harm in adolescents, causes and consequences. Our trainer, Satveer, was able to provide an insightful presentation from a service user perspective and promote the positive improvement that Harmless’ clinical interventions have on those who access our service.
Overall, the research day provided vital insight into self harm and suicide in adolescents and positive steps in moving forward and working collaboratively across the country.