Can I Tell You About Self-Harm?

A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

by Pooky Knightsmith, Elise Evans,

Meet Asher - a teenager who self-harms to manage their feelings when it all feels like too much.

The latest in the best-selling Can I Tell You About... series describes what self-harm is, along with the wide range of behaviours that qualify, why teens do it, and how to get help if you feel the need to self-harm. Reflecting on the different aspects of self-harming behaviour, including treatment of injuries and scars, this concise introduction dispels common myths and offers helpful resources to break the cycle of self-harm. By initiating the conversation around self-harm, this guide will offer alternative avenues for children and young adults to pursue when dealing with big feelings, such as professional counselling, distraction, and friends and family.

This easy-to-read guide is suitable for readers 7+, along with their parents, teachers, and friends. All author royalties from the book will go towards the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers; January 2018
  • ISBN 9781784507961
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Can I Tell You About Self-Harm?
  • Author: Pooky Knightsmith; Elise Evans (ill.); Jonathan Singer (other)
  • Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

In The Press

Pooky has a knack of taking really complex situations and making them seen easier to deal with and matter-of-fact. Great advice here for anyone whose life is touched by self-harm.

About The Author

Pooky Knightsmith is Director of the Children, Young People and Schools Programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Vice Chair of Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition.