Short Introduction to Understanding and Supporting Children and Young People Who Self-Harm


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Self-harm and suicidal behaviours are increasingly common in young people, but are often hidden. A Short Introduction to Helping Children and Young People Who Self-Harm aims to show parents, carers and professionals how they can support young people through these difficult times, as well as how to find specialist professional help.

The author uses an easy-to-read, jargon free and positive approach to tackle the stigma attached to self-harm and suicidal behaviour. This book combines case studies with professional advice to help the reader take the first steps towards helping the young person in need. It advises on how to distinguish between normal adolescent behaviour and the signs of mental health problems, while showing how an adult can sensitively communicate with a teenager about the difficult subject. The book also emphasizes the importance of parents and carers seeking support for themselves.

This book will be an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, youth workers, and others who care for a young person showing signs of self-harm or suicidal behaviour.


  • 1. What is self-harm and suicide behaviour?
  • 2. Recognizing and responding to self-harm and suicidal behaviour in young people.
  • 3. Parents’ and professional carers’ views of their own support needs.
  • 4. Treatment of self-harm and suicidal behaviour.
  • 5. What can parents and carers do?
  • 6. Self-harm and the family.
  • 7. Dealing with discipline issues.
  • 8. Special problems.
  • 9. Self-harm: what does the future hold?

 Author Bio:

Carol Fitzpatrick is Professor of Child Psychiatry in University College Dublin and is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has over 30 years’ experience of working with young people with self-harm or suicidal behaviour. She is a co-founder of the SPACE Programme, an award-winning support programme for parents and carers of young people with self-harm or suicidal behaviour.