Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The Centre for Suicide Research together with colleagues has produced a new resource on Self-harm for School Staff - ‘Young people who self-harm: A guide for school staff.’

Image of sun shining onto tree with the caption: 'Young people who self-harm: A guide for School Staff'


There is considerable concern and publicity about rising levels of self-harm in children and adolescents in this country. The Centre for Suicide Research together with colleagues has produced a new resource on Self-harm for School Staff - ‘Young people who self-harm: A guide for school staff’.

This has drawn on interviews with parents of young people who self-harm which were conducted as part of a National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant, together with input from school staff and colleagues working in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the local self-harm service. It provides advice to staff on the nature of self-harm and how to support students who are self-harming.

It complements the guide Coping with self-harm: A guide for parents and carers.

Hard copies of both guides can be obtained from The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust at

Electronic copies of the guide are available



Please follow the link below to read the news on the NIHR BRC website.

Similar stories

Help-Seeking After Self-Harm in Adolescent Students

A recent survey found that young people who self-harm primarily turn to friends (one in three) and parents (one in four) for support. Formal sources of support, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS), psychologists, psychiatrists, or GPs, and online or phone-based services, were accessed by considerably fewer young people.

28th British Isles Research Workshop on Suicide and Self-Harm & Lancet Psychiatry Suicide Symposium

This year's annual meeting focused again on research related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide and self-harm. There was another session on online safety in the context of suicidal behaviour and the Online Safety Bill. Organised by the Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford, these virtual workshops for both senior and early career researchers from the UK and Ireland provide an important opportunity to share knowledge and discuss the latest research. This year there were also contributions from Australia and Denmark.

Helping People with Psychosis Feel Less Distressed May Help Reduce the Risk of Self-harm

New research shows that by lessening the severity and impact of persecutory symptoms of psychosis, it may be possible to reduce the likelihood of someone with psychosis having thoughts of suicide or harming themselves.

Adolescent Mental Health and Development in the Digital World

A new project has been awarded funding from the UKRI £24 million investment into improving the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the UK.

Are Outcomes After Self-Harm Better for Patients Assessed by a Psychiatric Nurse or a Psychiatrist in the General Hospital?

New study from the Oxford Centre for Suicide Research, the Nuffield Department of Population Health and the UCL Division of Psychiatry shows that risk of repeat self-harm in patients who present to the general hospital after self-harm (intentional self-poisoning or self-injury) is the same whether they are assessed by a liaison psychiatric nurse or by a psychiatrist.

Self-harm and Associated Hospital Costs

New study from the Centre for Suicide Research and Nuffield Department of Population Health shows the number of people visiting hospital for self-harm injuries is 60% higher than previously estimated by Public Health England. Self-harm reportedly cost hospitals in England an estimated £128.6 million in 2013.