Supporting Someone Who Self-Harms Worksheet

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What is the theory behind the worksheet?

Support for someone who engages in self-harm behaviors is vitally important, however, there is not a lot of support or help for the person who does the supporting. It is important to remember that these individuals are not mental health practitioners and therefore may need guidance on how to help their loved one.

There is often a need to fix the problem for the person, to get them clean from self-harm single-handedly. This is unhelpful to all individuals involved. Rather it is encouraging the person to be there in an empathetic manner for their loved one – to support rather than solve.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet offers guidance for the individual doing the supporting. A reassurance that simply being there in an empathetic manner is enough.

This worksheet aims to support the supporters and offer them guidance on how to be there for their loved ones struggling with self-harm and intrusive thoughts.

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet is a starting point to guide someone who is supporting a loved one or colleague who self-harms. The key idea of this worksheet is to offer insight to the supportive individual to help them understand and place their own boundaries to ensure their continued well-being whilst being supportive and helpful.

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