A Quick Guide to Self-Harm (and Relevant Tooled Up Resources)

Self-harm is becoming increasingly prevalent among children and young people and should always be taken seriously. We’ve put together a quick guide, covering key things you need to know and where you can find more advice and information in the Tooled Up library.

Researcher of the Month: Stepheni Uh Discusses Early Predictors of Self-Harm

Our researcher of the month, Gates Cambridge Scholar, Stepheni Uh, talks to Dr Weston about her recent paper, which examines how teenagers at greatest risk of self-harming could be identified almost a decade before they self-harm. They discuss some distinct profiles of young people most likely to self-harm and look at significant risk factors, including a history of psychopathology, low self-esteem, poor parental mental health and lack of sleep. They also consider useful interventions.

My Safety Plan: A Coping Template for Young People Who Self-Harm

If your child struggles with self-harm, it’s really important to have coping strategies that help them and people around who they can talk to when they need cheering up. When we feel down, we can sometimes forget who we can turn to, message or call up for help. We can also forget about the things that we can do which will help us to feel better. Encourage your child to fill out this handy plan, keep it safe, and to use it if they feel like they might be considering harming yourself.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Ellen Townsend: Self-Harm and the Importance of Listening

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Professor Ellen Townsend about young people and self-harm. They discuss the importance of listening to young people and recognising that self-harm is an expression of distress and should always be taken seriously. Professor Townsend also shares some thoughts about the effects of the global pandemic lockdown on the development and mental health of children and young people.

Self-Harm: Tips for Parents

This resource is intended for parents who have recently discovered their child may be self-harming and are coming to terms with this discovery. It provides ideas of what to say and not say to your child as well as support organisations that can help.