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Responding To Self-Harm Guide

It can be difficult to know how to support a young person who is self-harming. We’ve provided simple guidance for taking those first steps – your support can be lifechanging.

Self-harm describes any way in which a young person might harm themselves or put themselves at risk in order to cope with difficult thoughts, feelings or experiences. It affects up to 1 in 5 young people and can affect anyone, regardless of gender, class, age and ethnicity. Many people find themselves in the position of wanting to support a young person who is self-harming. This can be difficult due to lack of confidence or uncertainty about what to say or do.

Here we’ve provided simple guidance for taking those first steps – your support can be lifechanging.

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