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Can I Tell You About Self-Harm?

Can I Tell You About Self-Harm?

A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

Pooky Knightsmith, Foreword by Jonathan Singer, illustrated by Elise Evans

Part of the Can I tell you about...? series

Quick Overview

Asher invites readers to learn about self-harm from their perspective, helping them to understand what self-harm is, who does it, why, and how family, friends and counsellors can offer help and support to channel these behaviours into a more positive outlet. This illustrated introduction provides helpful support tips and resources for children 7+.
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Paperback / softback
2018, 8.98in x 5.91in / 228mm x 150mm, 72pp
ISBN: 9781785924286
2018, ePUB, 72pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-796-1
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Meet Asher - a teenager who self-harms to manage their feelings when it all feels like too much.

The latest in the best-selling Can I Tell You About... series describes what self-harm is, along with the wide range of behaviours that qualify, why teens do it, and how to get help if you feel the need to self-harm. Reflecting on the different aspects of self-harming behaviour, including treatment of injuries and scars, this concise introduction dispels common myths and offers helpful resources to break the cycle of self-harm. By initiating the conversation around self-harm, this guide will offer alternative avenues for children and young adults to pursue when dealing with big feelings, such as professional counselling, distraction, and friends and family.

This easy-to-read guide is suitable for readers 7+, along with their parents, teachers, and friends. All author royalties from the book will go towards the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.


'Pooky Knightsmith writes in an engaging, accessible style in straightforward language which oozes compassion and heart. Young people, families and professionals will find this a valuable tool to help them understand, cope with and start a journey of recovery from self-harm.'
- Steven Walker MPhil, author of Responding to Self-Harm in Children and Adolescents, 2012

'Truly insightful ... Captures all the questions we have about self-harm.'
- Shamyla Naveed, Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

'This small book enables us to understand the complexities of self-harm and is essential reading for anyone trying to overcome self-harming behaviour, as well as their families, friends, teachers and health care professionals.'
- Maxine Jameson, Associate Professor in Primary Care, London South Bank University

'When understanding of self-harm is limited and time is tight, this must be the first book to read. A 'must have' for every school wellbeing library.'
- Clare Roberts, Director of Mental Health & Wellbeing, The Magna Carta School, Surrey

'Sensitively written ... It covers a subject that is still commonly not talked about and I am sure it will encourage families and schools to have a more open dialogue about self-harm.'
- Dr Lucy Willetts, Clinical Psychologist

'Self-harm explained in a voice that is honest, frank, encouraging and informative. Advice for day-to-day challenges is clear and feasible to try.'
- Anna Corbett, Registered Nurse, School Nurse

'Written in Pooky's warm and approachable style ... a must-have in any wellbeing library and an excellent resource for adults and young people alike.'
- Caro Fenice, Housemistress, Cobham Hall School

'Pooky has a knack of taking really complex situations and making them seen easier to deal with and matter-of-fact. Great advice here for anyone whose life is touched by self-harm.'
- Colin Gambles, Rector at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow


By (author): Pooky Knightsmith
Illustrated by: Elise Evans
Foreword by: Jonathan Singer