Featured series: Non-suicidal self-injury: a condition for further study

In collaboration with the 10th annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Self Injury (ISSS), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health has published a special issue; New insights in non-suicidal self-injury. This special series, published in two instalments, presents a plethora of in–depth studies on different aspects of NSSI, including functions of NSSI, diagnostic issues and NSSI in special populations, as well as outcomes and cessation patterns. Highlights from the first instalment include Janis Whitlock and colleagues demonstrating that NSSI cessation is associated with a variety of factors across several psychosocial domains, and Megan Pumpa and Graham Martin examining the influence of negative attitudes on self-injurers seeking professional help.

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Aims and scope

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, the official journal of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied professions, is an open access, online journal that provides an international platform for rapid and comprehensive scientific communication on child and adolescent mental health across different cultural backgrounds. CAPMH serves as a scientifically rigorous and broadly open forum for both interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchange of research information, involving psychiatrists, paediatricians, psychologists, neuroscientists, and allied disciplines. The journal focusses on improving the knowledge base for the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of mental health conditions in children and adolescents, and aims to integrate basic science, clinical research and the practical implementation of research findings. In addition, aspects which are still underrepresented in the traditional journals such as neurobiology and neuropsychology of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence are considered.

Upcoming IACAPAP World Congress

The 22nd World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in September 2016. The congress will be held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Conference of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with the theme “Fighting Stigma, Promoting Resiliency and Positive Mental Health”.

Visit the congress website to find out more about this event.

About the Editor

Joerg Michael Fegert, Prof. Dr. med. habil., is Medical Director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Ulm/Germany. He is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychotherapist and a board-certified specialist for medical psychotherapy in adults.

Central to our work in child and adolescent psychiatry are encounters with and between people for developmental advancement: in daily work with families, on scientific congresses, in teaching and research. Still there are fears or prejudices against psychiatry to some extent. Hence, we aim to inform the public and the media transparently about our work and developments in our subject. In research we try to find new ways of treatment and to give empirical support for what we are doing. CAPMH gives the opportunity to do both: coming together with scientists all over the world and across different cultures and informing about latest results in research.