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The Parent's Guide to Self-Harm: What parents need to know Kindle Edition

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This comprehensive overview of every aspect of self-harm will be an invaluable aid to parents trying to help their child overcome this secretive and very damaging behaviour. --Dr Dee Dawson BSc, MBA, MBBS Specialist in childhood eating disorders

A book that will be of immense value, not only to parents but also to people like me who want to help young people, but find there are very few resources out there that give practical advice. This book fills that gap and is beautifully written. --Dr Jane Sutton PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS Chartered psychologist, and lecturer at The University of Bath

About the Author

Jane Smith, a former head teacher, is the director of Anorexia & Bulimia Care (which also helps sufferers of self-harm) and has helped her own daughters through self-harm. She is the author of The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (10 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1EX4Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,195 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was interested in this book because of it's unique angle of offering advice about self harm to parents. I am a mental health nurse and find self harming is a challenging problem to deal with, so I imagine it must be tremendously hard for parents and families who are trying to help a loved one. It can be frustrating to care for a person who self harms, and a better understanding of the behaviour, which this book provides, can make that role much easier.

I think the most valuable message of this book is: "you are not alone". Parent to Parent sections appear frequently throughout the book and describe the thoughts and feelings of parents who have coped with these issues clearly and honestly in their own words. Sadly this disorder is becoming a more prevalent problem, with the latest statistics suggesting as many as 1 in 12 young people self harm.

The Parent's Guide to Self-Harm's real merit is that as well as clearly describing feelings and emotions, it always strives to offer solid and practical advice, with understandable "Action Plans" at the end of each section; even a first aid chart is included. Although everyone's journey to recovery will be unique and there is never a one size fits all solution to such a complex problem, there are enough suggestions and different coping strategies throughout the book for it to have something to offer for everybody.

The book is very clearly laid out. It takes you through a logical journey, from "Discovering Your Child Self Harms" to "Living Life Free From Self Harm". The format is easily accessible, whether you want to dip in and out of the book for quick reference, or read it in-depth from cover to cover.
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If your life has ever been touched by this issue and you are searching for much needed advice and guidance and reassurance then this book provides this and much more. It is written specifically with parents and carers in mind and tackles a sensitive and often distressing subject in an honest yet calm and considerate way. This book acknowledges the feelings and concerns of parents and encourages patience, love and communication towards family member or friend. This book provides insight and understanding into a complex matter and helps to clear up misunderstanding about self harm. It is overall a very positive book written by parents for parents. Dealing with self harm can be a very isolating experience because you may not feel able to communicate the depth of distress or sadness which your family is experiencing to begin with-this book is an excellent place to start in realizing you are far from alone in learning how to cope and how best to help either family member or friend.
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it really helps parents to help their children , and helps parents get past the shock on discovering that their child is harming themselves , which is extreamly difficult to get your head around this illness , but this book really helps , i know as it really helped me past the shock stage and denial that your child has a illness , it takes you beyond and hopefully to the stage of complete recovery , of which we havent got to yet but this book will get us there i'm sure ,
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A very helpful and positive book for parents. Many books on the subject are written for healthcare professionals, which was ironic in our situation as CAMHS were able to offer very little support. It was helpful to have a book that takes the parents' perspective, as this is very different from that of a therapist or trained mental health nurse. The book acknowledges how self-harm affects the whole family and gives practical advice. It's reassuring but honest, so probably a good choice for a parent who suspects their child is self-harming or has just found out that they are. It helps to explain why people self-harm and de-bunks a lot of unhelpful myths, as well as considering the fears and anxieties of parents, and the feelings of blame and judgement that often accompany this issue.
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If you've ever faced this problem and need advice, this is a helpful guide to the things you may encounter and how best to look at the problem. I'd suggest taking advice from as many sources as you can find and then applying what you've learnt to your particular case. Don't just read one. Pool your resources and cover all the bases. This is a good starting place.
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This is a useful book for anyone who has children or teenagers who might be or are self harming. I bought this one because I was working as a volunteer with a charity who supported people who self harmed, family and friends of people who self harm. This book helps to explain some of the issues and offers practical advice
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A really well written book that guides you through from a parents perspective. It has provided me with all the information I need to try and understand the reasons why, how to help me through the emotional aspects and be there in a supportive role. A book I constantly refer to for reasurrance.
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Having a teen going through this and having no experience about it myself, I found this book so helpful in not only understanding it better but seeing that how I feel about it is normal emotions too.
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