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Self-harm

It can be really difficult for someone to open up and talk about if they are self-harming. If you are concerned a child or young person in your care is self-harming, or they have disclosed to you that they are, the best thing is not to panic. You could try to find out why they self-harm (it’s important to focus on the reasons and not the injuries) and listen to them. Be prepared that the child or young person may not understand why they self harm, and may not be able to answer this question.

There are lots of places online where you can find support and information, and lots of places that young people can go to talk to someone in person. First we’d recommend that you read the Right Here mini-guide Talking About Self Harm (which includes local support services):
www.right-here-brightonandhove.org.uk/selfharm

Specific support for parents and carers:

Other useful websites about self harm:

Lastly, if you’d like to read some recent research into self-harm in Brighton & Hove, here are two reports:

If you are concerned about a child in Brighton & Hove contact the Front Door for Families on 01273 290400