Talking to Children about Self-Harming Behaviors: Info for Parents/Caregivers

ACMHS’s Meghan Magone, program manager for the Parenting with Love and Limits program at ACMHS, recommends the following resources for parents/caregivers for talking to their children about self-harming behavior and suicide.

  • Local Crisis Line: 907-563-3200
  • National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 – an LGBTQ specific hotline
  • LGBTQ youth talk and peer hotline: 1-888-843-4564

Coping with Self Harm Brochure_FINAL_copyright This guide features practical straightforward advice about how to begin a conversation with children about self-harming behavior. Ranges from “what is self-harm” to “managing self-harm injuries.” It is put out by Oxford department of psychiatry. (article: https://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/news/new-guide-for-parents-who-are-coping-with-their-child2019s-self-harm-2018you-are-not-alone2019 and the handout is within the article).

These suicide first aid guidelines put out by the Mental Health First Aide Australia address: what to do if someone is feeling suicidal? What are the signs? Preparing yourself to approach the talk. How to ask. What to do and what not to do. It was developed by experts from Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, and Canada.  Families Suicide Prevention – Facts for Parents MHFA_suicide_guidelinesA4 2014 Revised

This information from Suicide Prevention Resource Center links to other useful resources:  Families