harmLESS

Overview

What is harmLESS?

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.

Publisher: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Web app

Who is it for?

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

How should it be used?

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.

Developed by experts

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.

Non-urgent advice: Important

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.

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

Page last reviewed: 17 September, 2021