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harmLESS

harmLESS is a resource for those who have contact with young people who are self-harming.

Overview

harmLESS is a guide designed to help you talk about self-harm with a young person so that you can decide what support might be helpful.

harmLESS is for those who have contact with young people who are self-harming.

harmLESS provides a series of questions you can ask the young person.

How they answer these questions will inform a plan about the type of support they might require.

If at the end of this you are still unsure or worried about a young person then phone your local CAMHS team. 

harmLESS was designed by Paul Stallard, Justin Daddow, Michelle Maguire, Sam Shrubsole and Tim Bowes from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Features

  • Information about self-harm
  • Guide to talking about self-harm
  • Useful links and resources
  • Assessment for assessing self-harm and planning support
  • Local resources

Information about self-harm

  • What is self-harm?
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Acts of self-harm
  • Young people and suicide
  • Who is at risk of self-harm and suicide?
  • Why do young people self-harm?
  • What might trigger self-harm?
  • How should I react if someone self-harms?

Talking with young people about self-harm is not always easy. It is a difficult to talk about and many people worry that if they talk about self-harm they might make things worse.

Sometimes a young person may talk to you about their self-harm but ask you not to tell anyone else. 

SLEEP is an acronym to help you remember 5 important steps when talking with young people about self-harm.

  • Stop
  • Listen
  • Empathise
  • Explore what they are saying
  • Plan what you will do
The web app provides a series of questions you can ask the young person. How they answer these questions will inform a plan about the type of support they might require. If at the end of this you are still unsure or worried about a young person then phone your local CAMHS team.

Using the web app

You can access the web app via a web browser on your desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. 

harmLESS provides a series of questions you can ask the young person.

How they answer these questions will inform a plan about the type of support they might require.

If at the end of this you are still unsure or worried about a young person then phone your local CAMHS team.

harmLESS is a resource for those who have contact with young people who are self-harming.

It is designed to help you talk about self-harm with a young person so that you can decide what support might be helpful.

IMPORTANT

harmLESS is a guide. If you are still unsure or worried about a young person then phone your local CAMHS team.

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This is a prescribed app. It should only be used alongside a face to face intervention provided by a mental health worker. Check with your local service to see if they subscribe to the app.