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Suicide Prevention and Self-Harm in Adolescents

Suicide Prevention

Suicide and self-harm is alarming and provocative for those who work with adolescents. Warning signs, suicide screening and differentiating between suicide and self-harm will be covered in this talk.

The aim is to assist treating professionals identify and treat these concerning topics, assessing what the degree of risk is. In this way involved professionals can feel more equipped to speak about these areas with their clients.

HPCSA Awards 3 Ethics points


Vanessa Hemp is a Clinical Psychologist who trained at Wits University.

She worked at Tara Hospital with children, adolescents and their parents, on an outpatient basis, and then became Head of Department of Psychology; managing and supervising the psychological service provision throughout the hospital, including the outpatient and outreach services at Alexandra Clinic.

Since leaving the hospital, Vanessa has been in private practice, focusing on adolescents, individual adult therapy and parenting. She continues to present at conferences on topics relating to children, adolescence and parenting.

Addressing issues of affect regulation and assisting children, teens and their parents to manage stressful situations and overwhelming feelings has been a major focus of her work.

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