Helping individual with deliberate self-harm behavior: An application of multidisciplinary collaboration in a community
Deliberate self-harm (DSH) has been a serious health problem. In fact, a marked increasing in the number of young people who engage in DSH has been observed and suicide remains the leading cause of death within the 15-24 age group. Attention has been paid to the increasingly high rates of DSH behaviors among young people and to the association between repeated acts of self-harm and increased risk of suicide.
Goal and Objective:
The objective of this seminar is to introduce healthcare professionals such as medical practitioners, social workers, other community stakeholders the pivotal role of multidisciplinary collaboration in the community.
- To better utilize the community resources to strengthen the management and continuity of care for DSH patients and suicide attempters.
- To provide ongoing support for DSH patients, suicide attempters, and survivors of suicide
- To learn how to handle DSH patients and suicide attempters from various professionals’ perspectives
- To learn the network of resources placed in North District
Content of the Program:
The program consisted of two-session
Session I – Keynote Speech
- A Community-based Approach for Suicide Prevention by Professor Paul Yip, Director of HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention
- Management of DSH Patient in A&E by Dr. Axel Siu, Consultant of Accident and Emergency Department, North District Hospital
- Mental Illness and Suicide – Clinical Assessment and Treatment by Dr. Dicky Chung, Chief of Service, Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Tai Po Hospital
Session II – Knowledge Exchange Series
- Working with DSH Patients in Medical Setting by Ms. Pauling Ng, Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurse, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
- Working with Families and Friends of DSH Patients by Ms. Angie Shum, Training Consultant, HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention
- Working with Survivors of Suicide – Practice Experience by Ms Quiny Lai, Assistant Supervisor, Caritas Integrated Family Service Centre – Shaukeiwan
- Handling DSH Cases in Crisis Situation from a Police Negotiator’s Perspective by Dr. Gilbert Wong, Commanding Officer of Police Negotiation Cadre, Superintendent of Police, Hong Kong Police Force
Co-organization and Supporting Organization:
We sincerely thanked all co-organizations and supporting organizations for supporting us in such a meaningful and valuable event included Social Welfare Department (Tai Po/North), North District Hospital, Tai Po Hospital, Caritas Integrated Family Service Centre – Shaukeiwan, Hong Kong Police Force, Police Negotiation Cadre, and Hong Kong East Cluster.
Funded by Lotteries Fund
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