self-harm

Understanding suicide and self-harm amongst children in care and care leavers (IRISS Insights, No. 21)

Self-harm and suicide are complex issues which arouse difficult and distressing emotions both within people who hurt themselves and those who love and care for them. When children hurt or try to kill themselves, adults responsible for them often feel confused, powerless and overwhelmed.

Adolescent self-harm and suicidal thoughts in the ALSPAC cohort: a self-report survey in England

Cross-sectional analysis of self-reported questionnaire data collected from members of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) birth cohort, England. Respondents (n = 4810) were aged 16–17 years old and have been followed up since birth.

Norah Fry Research Centre: resources

Website resource with links to a range of publications on various subjects, including advocacy, sexuality and relationships, disabled children, personalisation and direct payments, and finance.

Deliberate self harm in adolescents: self report survey in schools in England

This resource looks at the prevalence of deliberate self harm in adolescents and the factors associated with it.

Risk factor: a teenage girl who self-harms

Discusses the case of a girl with a history of serious self-harm who had a history of unsuccessful placements. A decision was made to move her to a rural location far from emergency medical help to provide her with a therapeutic residential placement.

SCIE research briefing 17: Therapies and approaches for helping children and adolescents who deliberately self-harm (DSH)

This briefing focuses on other therapies or measures to help children and young people who deliberately self-harm (DSH). The aim of the therapy is either to reduce the amount they self harm or to stop them self-harming completely. The population covered by this briefing are children and adolescents up to the age of 19 who live in the community. The characteristics of self-harm, and the psychological and psychosocial factors associated with self-harm among children and adolescents are covered in a previous briefing in this series.

Understanding eating distress

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. Anorexia, bulimia, binging and compulsive eating can blight people’s lives. This booklet describes the signs of eating distress, explains possible causes and looks at the kinds of treatment available. It aims to help anyone who thinks they themselves, a friend, or a member of their family, may have a problem of this kind.

Children talking to ChildLine about bullying

Report looking at the extent and types of bullying of children throughout the UK by presenting and interpreting statistical data gathered by ChildLine and highlighting the key issues surrounding bullying.

Self-Harm factsheet

This resource defines self-harm and includes a list of facts, information about signs and symptoms, recovery, stigma related to self-harm and a list of useful contacts.

Mental health of Irish-born people in Britain

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. In recent years there has been growing concern within the Irish community, Mind and other agencies and professionals working in the mental health field about the mental health of Irish people in Britain. This factsheet aims to give an overview of how the mental health of the Irish community is negatively affected by many factors, including racism.