Self-harm refers to people deliberately hurting or mutilating their bodies without necessarily wanting to die. It often begins in the teenage years.
There are a number of reasons why your child may self-harm. It may be a way of telling other people about their distress and asking for help, a way of coping with stress or emotional pain, or a symptom of a mental illness like depression. Sometimes it suggests that they are thinking about suicide.
Many different types of behaviour can be considered self-harming, including:
Other ‘risk taking’ behaviour can lead to harm, such as train surfing, driving cars at high speed, illegal drug use, or deliberately unsafe sex.
People who self-harm are usually trying to relieve, control or express their distressing feelings. Young people self-harm for different reasons, and sometimes it can be difficult to put the reasons into words.
Bright Ideas Psychology can provide you and your child for how to manage cyber bullying issues, and help for parents to understand how best to ensure their child is safe online. Talking and having session with the child is one of the best ways to manage this behaviour.
The types of issue Bright Ideas can help children & adolescents with are :
A referral is not necessary; however clients can obtain an $81.79 rebate per session from Medicare if they obtain a Mental Health Care Plan from their Doctor. Rebates from many Health Insurers are also available.