What is Self-Harm?

Self-injury is the act of physically hurting oneself without the intent to die. It is a sign of emotional distress. It shows that a person has a lack of healthy coping skills. The most common forms of self-injury are cutting, burning or scratching the skin and bruising the body tissue. Most people who self-injure start when they are teenagers.

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Kids and Self-Injury: What Parents Need to Know

Self-injury is the act of physically hurting oneself without the intent to die. It is a sign of emotional distress and indicates a person has a lack of healthy coping skills. The most common forms of self-injury are cutting, burning, or scratching the skin and bruising the body tissue. Most people who self-injure start when they are teenagers.

"We get a lot of questions from parents on this one." Gina McDowell gives us the obvious and not so obvious signs a child may need therapy.

Suicide Prevention

How Primary Care Providers Can Address Suicidal Youth and Self-Harming Behaviors

Pediatricians are in an optimal position to see early warning signs and recommend treatment.

Emergency Department

National Survey of Emergency Department Management of Self-Harm Highlights Successes, Room for Improvement

Only 15 percent of hospitals surveyed routinely provided all recommended safety planning elements.

Pediacast

PediaByte 526: Cutting and Self-Harm

Dr. Mike and Dr. Raymond Troy discuss self-injury in children and teens.

Helping Hands

Children at Risk for Self-Harm or Harm to Others: Home Safety Guidelines for Families

Your child has been in the hospital because he or she is at risk of self-harm or harming others. When your child leaves the hospital, there are some things you need to do for safety at home.

Helping Hands

Children at Risk for Self-Harm or Harm to Others: Safety Rules While in the Hospital

Children at risk of harming themselves or others are placed on safety precautions as soon as they enter the hospital. These safety rules remain in place throughout the child’s hospital stay.