Unfortunately more children are resorting to self-harm as a response to the pressures of growing up. With 60% of parents reporting they feel uncomfortable discussing self-harm with their children, thousands of children could be suffering in silence.

To help parentsĀ Virtual College haveĀ launched a free online course that provides information on how to sensitively talk to your children about self-harm and tactics for increasing mental resilience.

Start your course by simply clicking on the link below.


What are methods of self-harm?

Self-harm can cover a range of things that people do to themselves in a deliberate and harmful way.

  • Cutting (the most common form of self- harm)
  • hair pulling
  • burning and scalding
  • biting
  • scratching
  • stabbing
  • breaking bones
  • swallowing objects
  • self-poisoning and overdosing