Contents: Self-Harm Alternatives handout for information / training and self-harm alternatives handout for sharing with students in recovery from self-harm and / or parents.
At the moment when a young person is overcome by an urge or need to self-harm, it can be very helpful for them to have a range of different strategies they can tap into to try and cope with the way they are feeling right now without actually inflicting harm on themselves. This presentation contains in excess of 100 ideas which a young person could use as an alternative to self-harm.
These ideas were all suggested by former self-harmers.
These ideas are also presented in a separate handout that you can share it with a young person you’re working with. Different things work for different people at different times; there are a wide range of ideas here to try. It’s always worth having follow up conversations with the young person you’re working with to find out what’s worked and what hasn’t so they can refine their list and determine the best strategies to employ at the moment they’re overcome with the need to harm.