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Can I Tell You About Self-Harm?


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Acknowledgements. Foreword by Jonathan Singer. 1. Introducing Asher who struggles with self-harm. 2. What is self-harm? 3. Who self-harms? 4. Attention seeking? 5. What's the link between self-harm and social media? 6. It can feel very lonely. 7. Why do people self-harm? 8. Self-harm and suicide. 9. Caring for injuries. 10. Why is it hard to stop self-harming? 11. Who can help? 12. What treatment is available? 13. How can you break the cycle?
14. Healthier alternatives to self-harm? 15. How can you distract yourself? 16. Injuries and scars? 17. How friends can help. 18. How family members can help. 19. How professionals can help. 20. What next? 21. Talking to younger children about self-harm? 22. Final thoughts from Pooky.

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What is self-harm? Asher tells all from their own experience in this illustrated guide for children aged 7+

About the Author

Pooky Knightsmith is Director of the Children, Young People and Schools Programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Vice Chair of Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition.


Pooky Knightsmith writes in an engaging, accessible style in straightforward language which oozes compassion and heart. Young people, families and professionals will find this a valuable tool to help them understand, cope with and start a journey of recovery from self-harm. -- Steven Walker MPhil, author of Responding to Self-Harm in Children and Adolescents, 2012
Truly insightful ... Captures all the questions we have about self-harm. -- Shamyla Naveed, Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner
This small book enables us to understand the complexities of self-harm and is essential reading for anyone trying to overcome self-harming behaviour, as well as their families, friends, teachers and health care professionals. -- Maxine Jameson, Associate Professor in Primary Care, London South Bank University
When understanding of self-harm is limited and time is tight, this must be the first book to read. A 'must have' for every school wellbeing library. -- Clare Roberts, Director of Mental Health & Wellbeing, The Magna Carta School, Surrey
Sensitively written ... It covers a subject that is still commonly not talked about and I am sure it will encourage families and schools to have a more open dialogue about self-harm. -- Dr Lucy Willetts, Clinical Psychologist
Self-harm explained in a voice that is honest, frank, encouraging and informative. Advice for day-to-day challenges is clear and feasible to try. -- Anna Corbett, Registered Nurse, School Nurse
Written in Pooky's warm and approachable style ... a must-have in any wellbeing library and an excellent resource for adults and young people alike. -- Caro Fenice, Housemistress, Cobham Hall School
Pooky has a knack of taking really complex situations and making them seen easier to deal with and matter-of-fact. Great advice here for anyone whose life is touched by self-harm. -- Colin Gambles, Rector at Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow

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