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Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has been shown to be a strong risk factor for suicidal ideation and suicide attempt. One study has shown over 50% of people engaging in NSSI have at least one suicide attempt in their lifetime. The 2015 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey found 17% of high school students reported non-suicidal self-injury at least once in the past year. This reflects roughly one in four females and one in ten males. Furthermore, these numbers have increased significantly since 2013. In an effort to promote awareness of NSSI in the primary care setting, a handout was created for providers at UVMMC Family Medicine on this topic. The goal of this handout was to increase early detection and intervention for adolescents engaging in non-suicidal self-injury. Information covered in the handout includes the prevalence of NSSI, who is at risk and why, signs of self-injury, how to assess the severity of NSSI and if emergency intervention is needed, how to discuss this topic with teens, available treatments, and local resources for adolescents.

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UVMMC Family Medicine, South Burlington


Non-suicidal self-injury, Adolescents, Mental Health, Vermont, Self-injury, NSSI

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Medical Education | Primary Care | Psychiatric and Mental Health

Hidden Adolescent Risks: Provider Education on Non-Suicidal Self-Injury