Parenting Tips 15: Self-harm, and how we can we support our struggling teens. Also, what's your talking style and how does it affect your teen?

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The rate of self-harm among young children in the UK has doubled over the last six years according to recent research compiled by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Keith Hawton, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, told File on 4 the data on self-harm was “in keeping with what we’re finding from our research databases. It’s almost as though the problem is spreading down the age range.
One analysis of self-injury behaviour across more than 40 countries found that the average age of the first incident of self-harm is 13 and adolescents have the highest rate of self-injury behaviour.

Given the increasing risk that your teen, or one of their friends, will be impacted by self-harm we decided to delve into what it is and how we can better help our adolescents.


  • In the UK Samaritans, 116 123
  • In the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • In Australia the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14
  • Called Alumina is a free online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm Each course has up to 8 people, all at home. You don’t need an adult to sign you up. UK.
  • free online self-harm support for 14-19 year olds.
  • information to support people who are ready to find new ways to cope.
  • offers information and support to women and girls affected.
  • Zest, counselling and support in Northern Ireland.

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