CAMHS Self Harm Resources

The Parent’s Guide to Self Harm—What Parents Need to Know. By Jane Smith.

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen so Teens Will Talk. By Adele Faber ad Elaine Mazlish. ISBN: 9781853408571. Available in Redbridge libraries

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain By Daniel Siegel.

Blame My Brain. By Nicola Morgan. ISBN: 9781406346930. Available in Redbridge libraries


The MeeTwo app provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives. You can anony- mously get advice from experts or other teenagers going through similar experiences in areas such as mental health, self-harming, relationships and friendships.

The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.

Stressheads turns your phone into a stress killing machine! And all the while, you can access some great advice—helping you deal with all kinds of life stress.

Helping Teens Who Cut. By Michael Hollander

Try this: Before You Self-Harm Take 5 Mins to BREATHE

The urge to self-harm is like a wave. Learn to ride the wave with Calm Harm using these activities:

Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, Random and Breathe.

When you ride the wave, the urge to self-harm will fade.

Download the app!

The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel with the Cove app. Instead of words, create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness, calm and anger. You can store your music in a personal journal, or send it to someone and let the music do the talking.

Selfharm UK has a forum, useful links and articles for parents.

BlueIce is an evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.It includes a mood diary, a toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue.

SELF-HEAL is a free app which helps with the management of self-harm. Includes distraction task suggestions, useful contacts, information on self-harm and a gallery of inspirational images.

Parent Lounge (supporting how parents respond to self-harm and having difficult conversations with children and young people)

Stem4 has a section for teens who self-harm, as well as their parents.

The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK.

Family Lives has a free helpline for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life.

The Families Together hub offer Teen Parenting Programmes for parents.
Telephone: 020 8708 2612 / 020 8708 2611 / 020 8708 2610

Self-injury Support is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm. All services open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9.30 pm.
Phone: 0808 800 8088       Text: 07537 432444

SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.

Coping with Self-Harm: A guide for Parents and Carers—
A team from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry launched a guide to help parents and carers.

NSPCC—If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC’s professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
Helpline—0808 808 4994 speak-to-our-team/email-us
Text THEMIX to 85258
One-to-One Chat 4pm-11pm
UK’s leading support service—from mental health to money, from homelessness to drugs.
Telephone: 0808 800 5000  Email:         

18 or under? Call Childline (0800 1111)

Kooth— Free, anonymous online support for young people

Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.

Seeking Attention—The Self-Harm Expert by Satveer Nijjar

NELFT Mental Health Direct is a telephone helpline service available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They can arrange for you to speak with a mental health professional and also advise you about what service to contact to get the support you need.

Childline is a free helpline and online service for children and young people in the UK. You can call or visit the website to talk to a trained Counsellor about any problem, or talk to other young people via their message boards.

IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis for people who need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain.

Papyrus provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide and anyone worried about a young person through the help- line, HOPELINEUK

This booklet aims to help you understand more about self- harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what you do is you or someone you know is self-harming, and how to get help.

You can find out about the experiences of parents and other family members of young people who self-harm by seeing and hearing them share their personal stories on film. experiences/overview

Reading Well — Links for young people and mental health. There is a short guide on self-harm for young people and families.

P.S. We Are Listening is an Independent Confidential Counselling Service, providing affordable counselling to parents, carers and siblings (aged 12+) of children and young adults with disabilities, learning difficulties and special needs. Tel: 020 3380 1409 / 07710 419149 (Suzanne) / 07828 17725 (Muneeba). Email:
Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals and those at risk of suicide.

Information by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for parents and families on self-harm. There are translated versions of this in many different languages.

Charlie Waller offer three short films, co-created with young people, parents and professionals, reflecting their real-life experiences of self-harm. The films provide hope and give practical support to those affected by self-harm and counteract the negative and frightening messages widely available online. The accompanying digital packs, also co-created by young people, parents and professionals, dispel myths, answer frequently asked questions, provide practical advice and signpost to further help and support.

NHSN The aims of this forum are to support individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life, support and provide information for family and carer of individuals who self harm, raise awareness of the needs of people who self harm and empower those who do self harm to seek alter- natives and seek further help. The forum provides crisis support, information and resources, advice, discussion and distractions. It is closely monitored and available 24/7.

Self-injury Support is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm. All services open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9.30 pm. Phone: 0808 800 8088       Text: 07537 432444.

Mentally Healthy Schools has a number of lesson plans, assembly plans, programmes and PSHE resources to support and assist in teaching and learning about mental health and wellbeing. It includes an introduction to social and emotional skills: essential life skills that promote children’s ability to cope, resolve conflict, and manage their thoughts, feelings, behaviour and their friendships.

18 lesson plans and resources for key stages 1 to 4 — designed to be used in conjunction with the Teacher Guidance. Topics include teaching children how to describe emotions, discuss their anxi- eties and worries, and develop coping strategies. Lessons aimed at key stages 3 and 4 also cover eating disorders, self-harm and depression and anxiety.

This document has a range of resources for staff – general advice for staff when children disclose they are self-harming, conversation prompts, Do’s and Don’ts for talking to children who self-harm, information on risk assessing and self-harm guidance for primary schools.   toolkit-for-schools.pdf

The Centre for Suicide Research together with colleagues has produced a new resource on Self- harm for School Staff - ‘Young people who self-harm: A guide for School Staff.’ It complements the guide ‘Coping with self-harm: A guide for parents and carers’.

This document has a range of resources to support schools and staff—from Guidelines for dealing with self-harm within schools, Do’s and Don’ts, sample incident forms, sample letter templates for parents/carers and information to hand out to young people who self harm and their parents/carers.

Papyrus has a range of Help & Advice resources available on their website.

MindEd offer a range of online learning to support training about general mental health and self-harm.