Breaking The Silence Of Deliberate Self-Harm

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Authors: Priscilla Berkery, women, suicide

Year: 2001

Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference

Subject: trauma, book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 1876939079

Abstract: Today I am going to speak of the secrecy, shame and pain which stalks the lives of those whom self-harm. Those who experience this often don’t see it as a deliberate act but as an outcome of the process of trauma. I will share with you the stories of some whom have broken the chains of silence. At this stage these stories have been limited to those of women, for thus far that is the limit of my exploration. An aspect of my Masters Degree in Primary Health Care was the writing of a Project Proposal promoting strategies for the prevention of suicide and deliberate self-harm in young women. An outcome of this proposal was the formation of a steering committee, so we will touch on the work that this group is doing in Hobart in relation to forming a critical reference group of young women; dissemination of information and the promotion of models of best practice for service providers with a primary care perspective and consumer focus. In addition we will explore my role as the consumer on the Guideline Development Team for the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Deliberate Self-Harm (RANZCP).

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