Self-harm And Mental Health

Self-harm is when an individual intentionally injures or hurts their body as a way of coping or dealing with overwhelming emotional distress or difficult feelings. It can be when an individual’s intention is to physically hurt, punish themselves or could relieve tension that they feel is unbearable. Self-harming can include: cutting yourself, poisoning yourself, over-eating or under-eating, burning your skin, inserting objects into your body, hitting yourself or walls, overdosing, exercising excessively, scratching and hair pulling.


Useful information and advice can be found via the following links:


Papyrus is an organisation which gives young people hope and prevents young suicide. Download their flyer or visit their website to find out more information

Young Minds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Support after Suicide

The Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership (SBSP) is the UK’s national hub for organisations and individuals working across the UK to support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. Please take the opportunity to download their 'Help is at Hand' guidance on support after someone may have died by suicide.


Samaritans is a charity that provides emotional support to people who are facing emotional support, at risk of suicide or struggling to cope throughout the UK. Please visit their website for more information.


The NSPCC provides useful information regarding self-harming and where individuals can go to receive help.

Kingston flyer for frontline practitioners in contact with those in
contains a range of helpful advice and information on local and national support services.

Maudsley Learning - provides online learning on mental health and well-being.

Learning from Serious Case Review Child J - conducted by
Cumbria LSCB

Cumbria LSCB conducted a Serious Case Review into the circumstances of Child J's tragic death. The independent SCIE ‘systems’ model review (published Tuesday 1 July 2014) explains why professionals acted the way they did and identifies conditions influencing practice.

Areas for development/key themes:

  • Use Early Help Assessments to ensure children’s needs are assessed as early as possible and lead to joined up multi-agency planning.
  • Practitioners from all agencies should always consider risk and with the child/family take account of risk in their assessments and planning processes.
  • Practitioners should keep their judgements under critical review.
  • Practitioners should have access to effective supervision and management oversight.
  • Practitioners should be aware of high risk indicators of suicide.
  • Practitioners should always consider historic sexual abuse as an important risk and vulnerability factor.