What is Self-Harming? Basics for Parents to Know

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What is Self-Harming? Basics for Parents to Know

Posted April 2020

This course has been developed to support parents and caregivers with basic information about what self-harming behaviour is and some ways to respond if they have concerns about their young person and self-harming behaviour. Please note that self-harm is also referred to as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) or self-injury.

This course provides examples of real situations experienced by parents, as well as strategies supported by Alberta social workers and a Parent-to-Parent Frequently Asked Questions section.

This course complements work in schools using the School-based Non-Suicidal Self-Injury protocol.

This is an open access course. Simply scroll down to to select the lesson without registering on the MORE website.


Audience:                         Parents, caregivers, educators

Category:                         CES Parent Modules

Est. Time:                         15 minutes

Learning Level:               Introduction



This module contains images of self-harming injuries. Viewer discretion is advised.

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