harmLESS – First Step

It seems as if this young person has thoughts of self-harm but has not actually acted on them.

Thoughts of self-harm are common but less than half will go on and harm themselves.

At this stage it is important to let the young person know you have heard their worries and have taken them seriously.

The first step is to provide information, print a safety plan and arrange a follow-up meeting to review how they are.

Remember that harmLESS is a guide. If you are still unsure or worried about a young person then phone your local CAMHS team.

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Last updated: 15 July, 2021