Self Harm

Self Harm

What is

This guide was developed from talking to parents and carers of young people and
is aimed at helping parents, carers, other family members and friends cope when a young person is self-harming. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person when facing this problem and what help is available.

Self-harm is behaviour that is done deliberately to harm oneself.

As a parent, you might suspect your child is self-harming. If you are worried, the following information may help:

Coping with Self Harm Guide

Sources of help

Helplines and Online Information/ Support:

Young Minds

Young Minds Parent Helpline:
0808 802 5544
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm)


Mind (over 18s only)