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Self Harm Help, A Resource for Teachers

Friday, January 13th, 2012

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Self injury has gradually become a common behaviour amongst teenagers and youths which normally occurs during secondary school as well as college institutions. With this fact, schools require more self harm awareness to detect, intervene, and prevent self harm, as much as possible, in teenagers from occurring and recurring.


How to begin?

The responsibility for self injury support and self harm counselling must begin within the school team. If the school does not have a core team, the primary action will be to assemble a team of professionals to address the issues related to the detection and management of self harming teenagers. It is also important to organize training for teachers in terms of  “help for self harm”


What they do?

The team will be responsible for the following:

–    Responding to any self injury discoveries and confessions. They will serve as resource for teachers who might suspect, but not sure of, someone who is   self harming.

–     Communicating with the individual and referring the student to a Nurse, Counsellor or Child Protection Officer for care and

evaluation of the nature of the self harm or wounds.

–     Making sure that the student is not suicidal after identifying the symptoms indicated.

–      Act as liaison between the parents or guardians, the student,  the peers (if and where relevant) and referral people associated with the individual after such disclosures.

–      Establish supportive roles and relationships with teenagers who self harm. If not, find someone capable of this role.

For the team or teacher to function effectively and efficiently, it is important to undertake training programmes for teachers or refer suspected yet unconfirmed cases to the key person responsible for taking the lead role in such matters.

Focus of the training of teachers

The very crucial part of this training for teachers is gaining knowledge and understanding of how to determine the symptoms and signs of self harm behaviours. Moreover, it is very important that resource materials for teachers are given during the training for professionals for them to be able to recognize what is the difference between suicidal attempts and self harm in teenagers; as well as being aware of conditions which needs immediate attention like having severe wounds requiring stitches or medical care. This is very important in giving self harm help for people.

Part of this awareness raising might include self harm awareness about things that are not classified as self injurious such as tattoos, piercings, and other bodily modifications. Individuals who have extreme and numerous body modifications may also be potentially self harming.


What is Self Harm Behaviour?

Friday, January 13th, 2012

What Is Self Harm Behaviour?


Self harm, self injury, or self mutilation is generally believed to be just the act of burning and cutting oneself. It has been becoming a greatly misunderstood addiction to which majority often believe the doer is simply attempting suicide because of the serious cuts inflicted on oneself. But there is more to self injury information that you need to know.

Self Harm Awareness

Self harming in teenagers include burning themselves with cigarettes or other hot tools, cutting with blades and knives, and other general acts of inflicting harm to the body such as hitting yourself against the wall repeatedly.


When they exhibit self harm behaviour, they could be absorbed in an obsessive-compulsive behaviour resulting in the infliction of physical damage in a mission to evade emotional feelings which they are unable to confront and cope up with. It is simply not just a case of seeking attention but more than that. Teenagers who self harm can end up needing severe medical treatment and hospitalization.


These results can leave not only physical body scars but also emotional ones. That being said, these are to which the sufferer can be proud of themselves but at the same time be ashamed of it; therefore hiding it from others. As self harm is generally a private act, this can be difficult for teachers to manage mental health in schools’


Who Self Harms?

As opposed to what many believe, self harm in teenagers is not the only scope in this subject. A lot of people suffer from this. It does not single out age, creed, gender, and race  although it was reported that younger women suffer the most from these behaviour. This disorder can also be accompanied by some other addictive tendencies like drug addiction and eating disorders; and is not only limited to teenagers alone.


Any who self harms may progressively become addicted to the act of self harming which can be treated by going through several self injury treatments. The act of injuring oneself is not the main issue, as it is just a symptom but the underlying emotional reasons and pain for the person self harming in the first place. If someone is attached to this, chances are they are highly secretive of this due to the fear of being confronted and even stopped of their actions.


For a lot of people who self harm, especially teenagers, they report that this is as similar to drug and alcohol addiction which they deemed as “ritualistic”. That is, someone who makes use of blades to cut oneself will follow a strict routine including having a safe place and date to conduct their so-called “ritual” in peace and without disturbance. All the items used, the method, as well as the routine will have a similar pattern always. Normal locations where they inflict pain are on the arms, legs, stomach, thighs, and even their faces.