18 January 2019

Take 9: Treating self-injury

Clinical Mental Health

Treating self-injury can be frustrating for GPs as the condition may be slow to improve, says Claire Kelly (PhD) from Mental First Aid Australia.

“GPs can do a lot to support change as long as they have the right frame of mind and a non-judgemental approach.”

In the difficult treatment of patients, GPs should try to remember how uncomfortable the appointment may be for them, says Dr Kelly.

“When it comes down to it, a person who feels heard by a psychologist who doesn’t feel judged and who has a flexible talking therapist of any kind, who is willing to try different things until the right one is actually working, that’s far more important.”

What can a GP do to support a change in self-injury patients? Watch the full video here.