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4 Parents 2018-09-24T10:09:13+00:00

4 identification facts

  • Self-harm consists of a variety of self-injurious behaviours that cause damage to the skin and body.
  • Self-harm is almost always due to the person being stressed or distressed.
  • Self-harm can be linked with depression, increased alcohol or drug use, attention deficit disorder and a variety of mental health conditions such as, in a small group of individuals, emotionally unstable personality disorder.
  • Having a family member who self-harms increases the chances of the behaviour occurring.

4 Clues

  • Cut or burn marks on arm, legs or body.
  • Cutting instruments in teenagers belongings.
  • Stopping activities that require showing their body or becoming increasingly secretive about their body.
  • Blood stains on clothing.

4 steps to assist with the change

  • Learn to pick up on warning signs.

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  • Keep boundaries but don’t expect your teenager to make change straight away. You may wish to take implements used to self-harm away from immediate or easy reach but give your teenager something else that will help them soothe their stress or distress – for example stress balls, a ‘punch’ cushion, and the opportunity to have a hug. Get them help.
  • Your GP should be your first port of call. They can refer you to NHS resources such as CAMHS or to appropriate private practitioners. A psychological or psychiatric assessment to diagnose the proper and suggest appropriate help is essential.

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  • Self-harm can take a while to change. Relapse at times of change and stress is also possible. Keep supporting your teenager to change. Be hopeful. There are lots of effective psychological treatments that help.


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