What Self-Harm Help & Resources Are Available For Parents, Teachers, Coaches, And Leaders?

What Is Self-Harm?

What Help Is Available?

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) involves socially unacceptable, self-inflicted harm to one’s body

without intent to die.1 reports the most common forms of NSSI include:

• Cutting

• Burning

• Interfering with wound healing (picking or re-opening wounds)

• Punching or hitting oneself or other objects

• Inserting objects into the skin

• Purposely bruising or breaking one’s bones

• Certain forms of hair pulling 2

Although, NSSI is not utilized as a means of ending a life, there is a correlation between the two. In a large study, 70% of adolescents who engaged in NSSI had made at least 1 suicide attempt and 55% made multiple suicide attempts.1

How Many Individuals Struggle?

  • Each year, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self-injury. 5

  • 90 percent of people who engage in self-harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years.5

  • 12-15 year olds are most susceptible to begin self-harming.6

  • Adolescents have the highest rate of self-injurious behaviors, with about 17% admitting to self-injury at least once in their life.7

  • College Students. Studies find that about 15% of college students report engaging in self-harm.7

  • Aside from very young children, adults are the least likely group of people to follow through with self-injury. Only about 5% of adults have self-injured in their lifetime.7

  • Nearly 50 percent of those who engage in self-injury activities have been sexually abused.5

  • Females comprise 60 percent of those who engage in self-injurious behavior.5

  • Approximately two million cases are reported annually in the U.S.5

Answering The Question, "What Self-Harm Help Is Available For Someone I Care For?"

If you are a Care Worker, wondering how to support someone you love even in the middle of their self-harm - you are not alone. There are dedicated teams who have support options available for you.

Below you will find:

Understanding The Issue Of Self-Harm

“What Is Self-Harm”

Boystown Hospital

  • Provides a short discussion for parents or concerned adults on the topic of self-harm.

Helpguide -

  • Offers insight into self-injury including what it is, why it happens, Tips on overcoming the urge to self-harm, alternatives, professional outlets, and how support members can help.

5 Not Obvious Signs Of Self Harm

Psych2Go’s YouTube Channel

  • Helps to identify warning signs.

Teens and Self-Harm, What Do Parents Need To Know?

Josh Shipp

  • Youth Worker advice and insight for families.

Finding Help For Kids Who Self-Harm - Wendy Lader, PhD

Kids In The House

  • PhD professional insight on how to find help for a young person.

Apps Which Offer Support

TalkLife offers online support similar to group therapy. Share anonymously or with your name.

Moodpath offers 14 days of check ins, providing an overview of your emotional well-being. Plus 100+ exercises.

Happify includes games and activities which elevate mood and build resilience through CBT, mindfulness and positivity.

What’s Up aids individuals in discovering the cause of feelings and thoughts though guided questioning.

Self-Help For Anxiety Management (SAM) offers an anxiety toolkit which tracks thoughts and behaviors, while also offering tools to combat negativity.

Panic Relief provides coping strategies, exercise, and breathing techniques to help move through a moment of panic.

PTSD Coach provides ways to understand PTSD along with how to find additional help.

BeyondBlue App provides tools to build and implement a safety plan.

Communities Which Offer Support

To Write Love On Her Arms -

  • Offers a search for free or low cost therapy options to connect with a therapist.

7 Cups Of Tea -

  • Offers chat rooms to begin a conversation, plus educational videos and when to seek professional help.

Lifeline Crisis Chat -

  • Offers free, online chatting with trained individuals.

Love Is Respect -

  • Offers education, support and advocacy to those facing complicated dating issues, along with a live chat feature connecting you to trained advocates.

Remedy Live -

  • Offers a faith-based videos on mental health issues along with trained advocates who want to connect.

Anxiety And Depression Association Of America -

  • Provides a listing of support groups, including a search feature to find a group near you.

Heads Up Guys -

  • Provides action points and support specifically for men from men.

OK2 Talk -

  • Offers online support, education, and relatable stories for teens and young adults who battle mental health.

Resources for Parents

The American Depression And Anxiety Association of America has a screening tool for you to use and share with your child’s doctor. It can be found here:

  • Additionally, the Mayoclinic and CDC have helpful guides which can come along side of you as you find your child the support they might need.

  • Insight And Perspective Direct From Families

A Parent’s Journey

Young Minds

  • Offers insight from parents who have had their children share about their self-harm.

CBS News - One Family’s Story

  • Provides one families story of working through their daughters self-harm habits.

WebMD – One Mother And Daughter’s Story

  • Provides one mother and daughter’s story of working through their her self-harm habits.

Reasons Why I Self-Harmed

BBC Three

Support For Families

The National Alliance On Mental Illness has a directory of support groups for you and your family.

The Society For Adolescent Heath And Medicine has a comprehensive listing of additional support options.

The Depression And Bipolar Alliance Support Alliance offers connection to local chapters.

Family Caregiver Alliance provides a map of network help in your area.

Responding To A Young Person

20 Things People Who Self-Harm Don’t Want To Hear

Bex Louise

  • One young woman’s perspective of why specific responses were more harmful than helpful.

Responding To Self-Harm

Young Minds

  • Actor portrayal of helpful responses to self-harm, from actual stories of those who struggle.

Self-Harm & Mental Health Resources For Ministry Leaders

How To Help Teenagers Dealing With Self-Harm & Suicide

Dr. Jamie Dew. Jamie is the Dean of the College at Southeastern

  • Offers insight into the issue from a faith-based perspective.

Mercy Ministries

  • Offers insight into self-harm, podcast links for greater understanding, and free eBook resources for those seeking to bring light into a challenging situation.