Self-Harm In Adults Worksheet

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What is the theory behind the worksheet?

Self-harm in adults is often overlooked as it can be managed or hidden easily. However, there is evidence that self-harm can continue or begin in adulthood. If it has continued to adulthood, it is often an ingrained behavior that requires professional support to shift.

Understanding the roots and reasons for self-harming is important in adulthood as a long-term redirection needs to be worked on. This is usually a process that requires a mental health practitioner to offer a safe, reflective space that encourages and contains explorations into the adult’s inner world.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet offers basic methods of dealing with self-harm to begin the behavioral redirection process. This worksheet is a helpful tool to have easily accessible so when the urge is felt you can pick a behavior from the list without trying to remember what was on the list.

This is a resource that can be shared with the people who are supporting you, so when you reach out to them they know what to suggest and can support you in a helpful manner.

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet is here to help increase your awareness about adult self-harm behaviors. It is also an interim resource that provides suggestions for other coping mechanisms. These mechanisms can be used whilst you work with a mental health practitioner on the root causes of your self-harm.

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Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System. (2021). Adult Self-Harm Self Management Toolkit.