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Self Harm

For parents of those dealing with self-injury

Discovering that your teen “cuts” or self-injures his or her body is absolutely terrifying for a parent. Resources in this Pod help with the identification of the early signs, explore the issues involved, discuss how to open lines of communication with your teen and what you can do to support them.

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(23 mins )

We all experience negative emotions and find different ways to cope – maybe by exercising or by listening to music. But some people deliberately inflict pain on themselves as a way of managing how they feel. Why? Catherine Carr explores the impact self-harming has on those who do it and those close to them. The Why Factor,



(28 mins )

Sally Marlow talks to some of the men and women who have self-harmed, and the experts who treat them, to find out what is driving so many people to self-harm and what can be done to help them? The media is quick to point the finger at social media, but Sally discovers that the reasons behind this question are as varied and complex as the people who do it.




Teens & Cutting – What Parents need to know

(5 mins )

Straight taking advise from Josh Shipp about spotting the signs of self-harm and how to broach the subject with your teen.


Self harm: Why do teenagers do it? Newsnight

(6 mins )

The number of teenagers self-harming – cutting or poisoning themselves – is increasing at a startling rate according to new figures prepared for the World Health Organisation. Discussion with Tanya Byron, clinical psychologist and Kat Cormack who works with Young Minds, a charity that intervenes to improve the mental health and well-being of young people. She herself self-harmed between the ages of 14 and 21.


Pain Beyond Words. Help for kids who self injure.


Discovering that your teen “cuts” or self-injures his or her body is absolutely terrifying for a parent. You may fear that your teen is contemplating suicide. Understand why teens might hurt themselves and take hope that there are programmes and tools out there to help teens learn ways to cope with extreme emotions without resorting to self-injury. LLU Health.



Help Guide


Do you want to stop hurting yourself? Learn about self-injury and how you can feel better without harming yourself. A comprehensive article for self harmers and their supporters.

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Information sheet for parents. Cornell Research Program


This sheet covers many questions.  How do you know if your child is self-injuring? How you can deal with the feelings about this discovery. How to talk to your child about his/her self injury. What to avoid saying to your child. The importance of the home environment. Where to find treatment and how to support your child while he/she is getting help.

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Support and teatment options


A useful MIND article detailing self help and professional support options.

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NSPCC Website

Cornel Research Program



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