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
Self Harm and Teens
For help recognizing the symptoms of self-harming behavior
For help understanding self-harming behaviors
For ideas on how to help your teenager,
Links to national organizations that provide information
about self-harming behaviors
Links to Articles
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 place.com
For an evaluation and referral at,St. Vincent’s Hospital (Harrison, NY) call (855) 239-0019.