Advice for parents

Concerns about self harm and suicide

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Bullying can impact on a child’s mental health, sometimes leading to heightened levels of anxiety and depression. Some children and young people may self harm and have suicidal thoughts.

It’s very important that you are alert to changes in your child’s behaviour, that you ask them how they are feeling and that you listen to them.

When a child is going through a bullying situation it can feel like there is no way out and so it is very important to acknowledge the strength of their emotions and reassure them that together you will make things better.  Take what they say seriously and do not force them into a situation where they do not feel safe.  Encourage them to share how they are feeling, and if they don't feel able to talk to you make sure they are aware of Childline

Always seek advice from a GP if you have concerns about your child.

Useful links

The charity Papyrus-UK have a range of practical advice for supporting young people that may be suicidal. Visit https://papyrus-uk.org/help-advice/im-worried-about-someone/what-can-you-do-to-help-alert

You can also contact the Young Minds Parent Helpline on 0808 802 5544 or https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

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