Study: Self-injury in young people is a gateway to suicide ByTed Boscia
Overall, findings support the idea that NSSI may serve as
a “gateway” for concurrent or later STB and more serious SB and
underscore the need for early NSSI response and intervention.
NSSI is rarely cited in empirical suicide research as a notable STB
risk factor and is often dismissed as adolescent attention seeking
behavior of generally low concern when unaccompanied by
other clinical markers [3,9,11]. Including NSSI assessments as
part of routine medical and health screenings in adolescent and
young adult populations may be one way to identify young
people at risk for STB. It also reinforces the call for STB assessment
when NSSI is present [3,5] and for periodic STB assessment
even for individuals who have tested negative for STB in the past
or who are not currently engaging in NSSI.