By Their Own Young Hand: Deliberate Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideas in Adolescents

By Keith Hawton; Karen Rodham et al. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 8

Self-help, Crisis Lines, the
Internet and the Media and
Deliberate Self-harm

Introduction

In this chapter, we explore alternative sources of support to which adolescents can turn. In particular, we focus on self-help books, telephone help-lines and the Internet. Such resources can be helpful if the young person is not in treatment or does not want treatment. They may help to decrease the young person's sense of being alone and perhaps his or her thinking that he or she is the only one with such problems. This might also fuel a desire to seek treatment. Resources such as self-help and the Internet may also be useful when a young person is on the waiting list for treatment. Child and adolescent mental health services are increasingly using self-help books to assist those who are waiting for treatment. These resources may also be helpful when used in conjunction with treatment, and they may be of value for friends, parents and people who come into contact with, or are concerned about, a young person who engages in deliberate self-harm. Finally, we look at the role that media portrayal and reporting of suicidal behaviour may play in influencing self-harm and suicide and the types of portrayal and reporting that may have particularly negative influences. We also explore the potential for media to have a preventive role.


Self-help books

Many books have been written for people who have engaged in deliberate self-harm and for friends, relatives and health workers who come into

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