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A Short Introduction to Understanding and Supporting Children and Young People Who Self-Harm


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1. What is Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour? 2. Recognizing and Responding to Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Young People. 3. Treatment of Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour. 4. What Can Parents and Carers Do? 5. Self-Harm and the Family. 6. Dealing with Discipline Issues. 7. Special Problems. 8. Parents' and Professional Carers' Views of Their Own Support Needs. 9. Self-Harm: What Does the Future Hold? Appendix: Resources. References. Index.

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How to recognise and best respond to children and young people who self harm

About the Author

Carol Fitzpatrick is Professor of Child Psychiatry at University College Dublin, UK and is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has over 30 years' experience of working with young people with self-harm or suicidal behaviour. She is a co-founder of the SPACE Programme, an award-winning support programme for parents and carers of young people with self-harm or suicidal behaviour.


Of particular use to me was the chapter on the parents/professionals views of their own support needs. The advice and content of this chapter has been consumed into my current work. The list of further websites and resources has been invaluable in providing advice and support to young people and their families.

I would recommend this book to anyone who works with this client group it provides invaluable and credible advice and empathic support.

-- Debate
Written by a Child Psychiatrist, this book offers helpful information and guidance to parents and carers of young people who self-harm. Through her considerable experience of working with this group of young people, the author has developed an awareness of the negative impact that self-harming can have on parents and carers as well as the positive support they are able to offer to the young people they care for... this book (is) a valuable and practical resource. -- Youth in Mind
This book combines case studies with professional advice to help the reader take the first steps towards helping the young person in need... will be an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, youth workers, and others who care for a young person showing signs of self-harm or suicidal behaviour. -- In Our Hands blog

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