Self Injury and Suicidal Behavior

Self-Injury and Suicidal Behavior

In recent years, self-injury, such as cutting, self-hitting and burning, has become a national epidemic. While media attention regarding self-injury has raised awareness of the issue, timely and useful information is key to effective identification, assessment, and treatment of individuals who self-injure.

The Bridge Training Institute offers consultation and training to mental health professionals, school personnel and parents who are in need of immediate, concrete solutions and responses to self-injurious behaviors.

Self-Injury & Suicide Prevention Expertise

Barent Walsh, Ph.D. has written extensively and presented internationally on the topic of self-destructive behavior. He is the author of Treating Self-Injury: A Practical Guide 2nd edition, Guilford Press, (2014). This volume has been translated into Polish and Japanese. In addition, Dr. Walsh is co-developer (with Screening for Mental Health of Wellesley, MA) of “Act to Prevent Self-Injury,” a prevention program with DVD for high schools. Dr. Walsh has presented on self-injury in London, Edinburg, Vienna, Stuttgart, Ulm, Oslo, Dubai, Tokyo, Beijing, Montevideo, Mexico City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and throughout the United States.

Dr. Walsh is the Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Clinical Consultant at Open Sky Community Services, a human service agency headquartered in Worcester, MA. Dr. Walsh is a Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.

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