Coping techniques to help you
As a parent or guardian it’s instinctive to want to keep a constant eye on a child that is hurting themselves, but this can have a negative impact. It’s vital to get the right balance between monitoring them and respecting their privacy. Giving them their own space will help you build up confidence and trust which is essential to their recovery.
Once a child has confided in you and they're in a position to address the issue, try to get to the bottom of what triggers them to self-harm and then find alternative coping mechanisms and activities to help your child break the cycle. This could include:
- painting or drawing
- writing down negative thoughts and feelings and then ripping it up
- just watching a favourite funny film.
Not all of these will work for everyone, but there'll be a way for you to help your child to cope with their urge to self-harm without them coming to any harm.