Think you need help now?

The HeadStart support and guidance site is not designed to support young people in a crisis situation. Please click here for help on what to do in a crisis or emergency.

Here are the resources we found for self harm for professionals:

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: “Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-being of Young People”

(Featured resource)Dr. Pooky Knightsmith’s keynote presentation from the HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference on Oct 3rd explores practical ideas, strategies and approaches for professionals and parents / family members to use when dealing with young people who are facing mental health challenges.

What Not to do if a Child is Self Harming

Dr Pooky Knightsmith provides advice and ideas for concerned parents, teachers or other adults who want to know what they should and should not say and do if a child or young person discloses that they have been self-harming.

Understanding and Breaking the Self Harm Cycle

In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores why it can be difficult for people to stop self harming due to the self harm cycle. She looks at practical ways of breaking the cycle and the importance of trying to do so as early as possible, whilst remembering that it is never too late to start.

Self Harm: Should Injuries and Scars be Hidden

In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith talks about whether injuries and scars should be hidden. She suggests that while an injury is still healing, they should be covered to avoid infection. When these injuries become scars you should treat them like any other scar and dress for the weather, having scars showing if you feel comfortable.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

ReachOut Professionals

ReachOut Professionals believes that with the right tools, any young person can be happy and resilient. They provide recommendations and advice for youth support workers, and educational professionals on a range of online interventions, tools and resources that can be used to support young people experiencing mental health difficulties and to build young people’s wellbeing and resilience.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Self-Harm

(Featured resource)This resource supports schools in identifying young people who may be self-harming, and provides a policy template that schools may wish to use as the basis of their own self-harm policy.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Self-Harm: An introduction

Self-harm is when somebody intentionally harms or injures themselves. This is often a way of coping with or expressing feelings and emotions that become overwhelming and overpowering to the individual. Any behaviour that causes harm or injury to someone as a way to deal with difficult emotions can be seen as self-harm.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Working with Young People who Self Harm

This is a pretty short 12 page booklet aiming to assist those that work with young people who self harm in order to help these professionals better meet the needs of those young people.

No Harm Done – Recognising and Responding to Self-Harm

This 10 page document contains help and advice for staff working with young people in order to help them recognise and respond to self-harm in young people. The document contains information on self-harm warning signs, the first conversation with a young person who self-harms, what to do when a young person isn’t ready to talk, the next steps following an admission of self-harm, how to provide practical support and how to take a whole school approach to tackling self-harm.

Coping With Self Harm – A Guide for Parents

This guide was developed from talking to parents and carers of young people and is aimed at helping parents, carers, other family members and friends cope when a young person is self-harming.

Blog / personal article

What Not to Say if a Child is Self-Harming

In this blog post, Pooky Knightsmith shares a few points on what not to say to a child who is showing self harm behaviours, as well of some advice on how to have a positive conversation about self harm. The advice in this blog post is all suggested by young people and provides helpful pointers for friends, teachers or parents.

Online course

Self-Harm e-Learning

Child and adolescent psychiatrists have seen an alarming increase in cases of self-harm in young people – it has been estimated that about 1 in 10 young people will self-harm at some point. This insightful course covers the subject of self-harm from a variety of different angles.

News article

Young Men are Hidden Self-Harmers

When it comes to information on self-harm, young men are often overlooked. A YouGov Survey commissioned by three leading youth charities found an alarming number of men were self-harming or had considered it. The Mix writes up the findings from this report and discusses how we can help young men when they are not okay.

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: “Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-being of Young People”

(Featured resource)Dr. Pooky Knightsmith’s keynote presentation from the HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference on Oct 3rd explores practical ideas, strategies and approaches for professionals and parents / family members to use when dealing with young people who are facing mental health challenges.

What Not to do if a Child is Self Harming

Dr Pooky Knightsmith provides advice and ideas for concerned parents, teachers or other adults who want to know what they should and should not say and do if a child or young person discloses that they have been self-harming.

Understanding and Breaking the Self Harm Cycle

In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores why it can be difficult for people to stop self harming due to the self harm cycle. She looks at practical ways of breaking the cycle and the importance of trying to do so as early as possible, whilst remembering that it is never too late to start.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Self-Harm

(Featured resource)This resource supports schools in identifying young people who may be self-harming, and provides a policy template that schools may wish to use as the basis of their own self-harm policy.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Working with Young People who Self Harm

This is a pretty short 12 page booklet aiming to assist those that work with young people who self harm in order to help these professionals better meet the needs of those young people.

No Harm Done – Recognising and Responding to Self-Harm

This 10 page document contains help and advice for staff working with young people in order to help them recognise and respond to self-harm in young people. The document contains information on self-harm warning signs, the first conversation with a young person who self-harms, what to do when a young person isn’t ready to talk, the next steps following an admission of self-harm, how to provide practical support and how to take a whole school approach to tackling self-harm.

Blog / personal article

What Not to Say if a Child is Self-Harming

In this blog post, Pooky Knightsmith shares a few points on what not to say to a child who is showing self harm behaviours, as well of some advice on how to have a positive conversation about self harm. The advice in this blog post is all suggested by young people and provides helpful pointers for friends, teachers or parents.

Online course

Self-Harm e-Learning

Child and adolescent psychiatrists have seen an alarming increase in cases of self-harm in young people – it has been estimated that about 1 in 10 young people will self-harm at some point. This insightful course covers the subject of self-harm from a variety of different angles.

News article

Young Men are Hidden Self-Harmers

When it comes to information on self-harm, young men are often overlooked. A YouGov Survey commissioned by three leading youth charities found an alarming number of men were self-harming or had considered it. The Mix writes up the findings from this report and discusses how we can help young men when they are not okay.

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: “Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-being of Young People”

(Featured resource)Dr. Pooky Knightsmith’s keynote presentation from the HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference on Oct 3rd explores practical ideas, strategies and approaches for professionals and parents / family members to use when dealing with young people who are facing mental health challenges.

What Not to do if a Child is Self Harming

Dr Pooky Knightsmith provides advice and ideas for concerned parents, teachers or other adults who want to know what they should and should not say and do if a child or young person discloses that they have been self-harming.

Understanding and Breaking the Self Harm Cycle

In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores why it can be difficult for people to stop self harming due to the self harm cycle. She looks at practical ways of breaking the cycle and the importance of trying to do so as early as possible, whilst remembering that it is never too late to start.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Self-Harm

(Featured resource)This resource supports schools in identifying young people who may be self-harming, and provides a policy template that schools may wish to use as the basis of their own self-harm policy.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Working with Young People who Self Harm

This is a pretty short 12 page booklet aiming to assist those that work with young people who self harm in order to help these professionals better meet the needs of those young people.

No Harm Done – Recognising and Responding to Self-Harm

This 10 page document contains help and advice for staff working with young people in order to help them recognise and respond to self-harm in young people. The document contains information on self-harm warning signs, the first conversation with a young person who self-harms, what to do when a young person isn’t ready to talk, the next steps following an admission of self-harm, how to provide practical support and how to take a whole school approach to tackling self-harm.

Blog / personal article

What Not to Say if a Child is Self-Harming

In this blog post, Pooky Knightsmith shares a few points on what not to say to a child who is showing self harm behaviours, as well of some advice on how to have a positive conversation about self harm. The advice in this blog post is all suggested by young people and provides helpful pointers for friends, teachers or parents.

Online course

Self-Harm e-Learning

Child and adolescent psychiatrists have seen an alarming increase in cases of self-harm in young people – it has been estimated that about 1 in 10 young people will self-harm at some point. This insightful course covers the subject of self-harm from a variety of different angles.

News article

Young Men are Hidden Self-Harmers

When it comes to information on self-harm, young men are often overlooked. A YouGov Survey commissioned by three leading youth charities found an alarming number of men were self-harming or had considered it. The Mix writes up the findings from this report and discusses how we can help young men when they are not okay.