7 helpful resources for teen self harm

7 helpful resources for teen self harm

When your teen self harms, it can be incredibly scary, upsetting, and confusing for a parent. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there, but it’s important to read the right advice. Here is a list of 7 helpful resources for teen self harm.

Teen Self Harm: BOOKS

Stopping the Pain: A Workbook for Teens Who Cut and Self Injure

This workbook is helpful for teens, parents and professionals to use. It uses casual language while still being informative. And it take a very non-judgemental approach to minimising the harm while helping the young person stop. Importantly, it also provides teens with new skills for dealing with the emotions of stress, depression, and numbness that often trigger harming.

When Your Child is Cutting: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children Overcome Self-Injury

Written for parents, this guide helps parents understand why their child may be cutting. It discusses how to talk about it in a sensitive and non-judgemental way, and gives some direction for receiving professional help.

Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury

This parent guide comes from a strong Dialectical Behaviour Therapy approach. It gives you strategies to help your teen cope with their emotions and how to deal with a crisis. The explanations for why teens engage in self harm can be incredibly useful for parents who are confused and feeling angry or guilty.

Teen Self Harm:WEBSITES

Self Harm UK

Very helpful website not only for information on treatment, but also with real-life stories from people who have been through the same issues. Great section on the myths of self harm and the importance of harm minimisation.

Self Injury

One of the best resources out there on self harm! This website from the Cornell Research Program breaks down the statistics, research, and evidenced based treatments for teens who self harm.

Information for those who self harm and the people that care.

This workbook is a fantastic resource for teens and their parents to work through together. Written in a straightforward bur engaging way, it helps teens understand some of the reasons they harm and helps them develop a safety plan for themselves.

Sorting fact from fiction.

There are a lot of scary myths out there about self harm. The first thing a parent can do to help is understand the difference between fact and fiction. Education is key to building empathy and this headspace tip sheet is great for this.

Hope this helps xx Jess

Related: How can I tell if my teen is self harming?

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