Self-harm – Schools mental health guide

Self-harm – Schools mental health guide

Supporting children and young people in their mental health: A guide for East Sussex schools: a resilience-based, whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and addressing individual needs

Self-harm

Self-harm, sometimes referred to as self-injury, is the act of somebody deliberately harming themselves. There are many different ways in which someone can self-harm, including cutting, burning and hitting themselves. People may use more than one way to harm themselves, and self-harm can occur at all ages.

One in ten children and young people self-harm. Often they do this in secret and feel very ashamed. It is important to try and talk about self-injury openly and honestly, and without judgment, if they feel able to.

There is a lot of stigma around self-harm, with the most common stereotype being that the person is attention-seeking or is trying to be manipulative. This is not the case and every incident should be treated seriously. Self-harm can often be a very personal and private act. Making negative judgments about the behaviour is unhelpful, as it can stop a child or young person seeking the help and support they need in order to improve their resilience and address their underlying mental health or situation needs.

Full guidance on self-harm [Adobe PDF, 73KB]

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The Boingboing Resilience Framework

The Boingboing Resilience Framework

The Resilience Framework is a handy table that summarises ‘what works’ when supporting children and young people’s resilience according to the Resilience Research base. The Resilience Framework forms a cornerstone of our research and practice. On this page we have pulled together lots of useful links so you can find out all about the Resilience Framework.

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Resilience Framework for Children and Young People

Resilience Framework for Children and Young People

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Family Framework Co-produced with Newport Mind

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Resilience Framework for Adults

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Resilience Framework for Children and Young People – Black and White

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Interactive Resilience Framework

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Blank Resilience Framework

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Our Academic Publications

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