Self-harm and suicidal behaviours are increasingly common in young people, but are often hidden. It can be hard to know what might be causing a young person to self-harm, and how to help and support them.
Practical and easy to read, A Short Introduction to Understanding and Supporting Children and Young People Who Self-Harm guides the reader through what self-harm is, how to recognise it, and how best to respond. It combines case studies with professional and practical advice, covering all aspects from warning signs and treatment to communication and how the family is affected. The book also emphasizes the importance of parents and carers seeking support for themselves.
This book is an invaluable source of information and guidance for parents, teachers, youth workers, and others who care for a young person showing signs of self-harm or suicidal behaviour.
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.
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.