Posts Tagged ‘Self Harm Help for Teachers’

When Is The Best Time To Contact Parents

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

It is not always the easiest decision to contact parents about their son/daughter’s self harm behaviour or to know when to do so.


Students who self harm generally pose a challenge for parents and educators alike. Why people cut themselves is perhaps the least understood of all behaviours in adolescents and this number continuously increases at an alarming rate. Oftentimes, people who self harm do so repetitively but in a Self Harm Awarenesssecretive manner. It is also confounding to know that this behaviour somehow has an intoxicating effect amongst peers in the same group. These students are in need of self harm help. Although the school is not the most conducive environment for treating self harm, it still is an important player when staff have self harm awareness and undergo self harm training.


Aside from self harm awareness training, another way forward is for educators and other professionals to identify students and young people in need of self harm help, whilst liaising with parents/carers.


Notifying and getting parents involved

Although self harm and self injurycan be very unnerving, when any student is in jeopardy due to self injurious acts, it is school’s responsibility to bring the self harming situation to parents’ attention and to provide resources to resolve the self injury matter. Keep the student/young person informed of your actions and most importantly, involve them in the decision making process. The best time to inform parents of their child’s self harming behaviour varies in every situation. The best time to contact parents is really a judgement call on the educator/professional’s part, however, educators and other professionals have an obligation and duty to do so.

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This can also be a tricky situation and judgement call if abuse within the home is suspected in which case other agencies may also need to be involved. Ultimately, listen to the student or young person and be sensitive to their needs.


It is important for both parents and the young person alike to know that there is someone on site at school, college premises or other establishment, that they can turn to in light of any further self harm behaviour concerns or activity. Involving parents in the decision making process is an important aspect, even if the young person doesn’t wish them to be made aware of their self harming behaviour. Again when and how this takes place is an important judgement call on your part.

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.