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Self-harm is about coping, but schools can help young people find better ways.

Self-harm is mostly about coping

For young people, deliberate self-harm is most commonly a response to intense emotional pain and distress.

Self-harm is a risk factor for suicide

For most young people self-harm usually occurs without suicidal intention.

Knowing the warning signs can help

Young people tend to hide their self-harming behaviours, but through day-to-day contact with students, school staff are well-placed to notice the warning signs.

School staff play an important role

As a school staff member you may become aware a student is self-harming, so it is important to know what action your school’s policies and procedures requires you, in your role, to take and who is there to assist you.

A whole school approach is key

The most effective models for preventing and responding to self-harm include students having a positive school community where they feel they belong, resilience skills to help them cope with challenges, supportive family and friends who believe in them; and the ability and confidence to seek effective help when they are experiencing difficulties.


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How the MindMatters framework can help

The most effective self-harm prevention models begin with a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. MindMatters can help you build a positive school community where students have the resilience to cope with life’s challenges and confidence to seek help when they are experiencing difficulties.

Start MindMatters in your school today.