Self-Harm and Risky Behaviour

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MindEd provides free mental health e-learning for anyone who works or volunteers with children, teenagers or young people. The MindEd programme includes free online CAMHS training, counselling courses and mental health resources for teachers and health professionals.

This session provides the background to self-harm in children and the signs of self-harming in teenagers. It also covers commonly associated conditions and the best approaches for managing self-harm and risky behaviour in the community setting.

  • Self-harm is a common behaviour that is linked to a risk of suicide, so it is important to spot signs of self-harm.
  • Self-harm should not be ignored and appropriate help should be sought.
  • Where self-harming in teenagers takes place, the young people often say that there was no one they could easily talk to about how they were feeling, which left them feeling isolated and lonely.
  • Young people can feel embarrassed or ashamed about cutting themselves.

Access the full MindEd session here.
Content provided by MindEd. Authors: Dennis Ougrin and Jane Roberts. Published: March 2014. Review: March 2017.

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