The most important way to play a role in suicide prevention is understanding the issues and knowing the signs of suicide and self-harm. We all can play a part in helping others in crisis and changing the stigma around mental health in general and suicide and self-harm specifically.

Self-harm is a behavior distinct from attempting suicide. For some teens, it becomes a ‘coping strategy’ for dealing with overwhelming or painful feelings. Coping with the urges to self-harm requires learning different ways to deal with these feelings.

Basic Information About Suicide and Self Harm

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mental Health America

Cornell Research Program for Injury Recovery

Help Guide

Take 5 to Save Lives (

Self Harm and Teens

For help recognizing the symptoms of self-harming behavior

Quick Facts (

For help understanding self-harming behaviors

Why do young people harm themselves? (

For ideas on how to help your teenager,

Resisting cutting (kids


Links to national organizations that provide information

about self-harming behaviors

Mental Health America 

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Child Mind Institute

Links to Articles

The Growing Wave of Self-Injury (NYTimes, Jane Brody) 

Is Social Media Making Self-Harm Worse for Teens

Resources for evaluation and/or treatment:

Your pediatrician may be a good starting place if you suspect that your child is engaging in self-harming behavior. The pediatrician may be able to educate your family about self-harming behavior. Your pediatrician may also have recommendations for therapists who specialize in treating self-harming behaviors.

Self-harm can be diagnosed and treated by several types of mental health professionals. Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers and psychiatrists all diagnose and treat self-harming behaviors with talk therapy. Only psychiatrists can prescribe medication.

For information on when to seek help for your child, go to Mental Health America on self-injury

For a therapist, please search our website or go to Mental Health Post

For information about treatment, see healthy

For an evaluation and referral at,St. Vincent’s Hospital (Harrison, NY) call (855) 239-0019. 

In a crisis call 1-800-273-8255 or Text “Home” to 741-741