Self Harm Guidance
What is self-harm?
Self-harm is behaviour that is done deliberately to harm oneself.
Self-harm can include, for example:
- taking an overdose
- hitting or bruising
- intentionally taking too little or too
- much medication
Although some people who self-harm may be suicidal, self-harm is often used as a way of managing difficult emotions without being a suicide attempt. However, self-harming can result in accidental death.
|Please click here to download a PDF guide for parents/carers about self-harming|
This document is the result of a research project by the Royal College of Psychiatrists who estimate that self-harming affects around 10 – 15% of young people.
The attached guide has information on topics including understanding self-harm, managing injuries, sources of help and looking after parents’/carers’ own needs.