Helping children and youth with self-harm behaviours

CHEO, Canada

This fact sheet provides information for parents and carers about helping children and young people with self-harm behaviours and what you need to know.

It covers:

  • ‘What is self-harm?’
  • ‘How common are self-harm behaviours?’
  • ‘Why do people self-harm?’
  • ‘How do self-harm behaviours develop?’
  • ‘How is self-harm treated?’
  • ‘Should we get professional help?’
  • ‘Helping a child or teen who self-harms (short term)’
  • ‘What doesn’t help?’
  • ‘Supporting a child or teen over the long-term’
  • ‘Extreme parenting styles and self-harm’
  • ‘How do I handle it if my teen threatens self-harm?’

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