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Lucy Murray

Name: Dr Lucy Murray

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist

Your child or adolescent harming themselves can be a terrifying prospect. It may leave you, as their parent(s) or carer(s), feeling powerless, scared and unsure about the best way to support them.

Sadly, self-harm is common in children and adolescents and is most common in females between the ages of 15-24 years. Research cited by National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2011) found that of a sample of 15-16 years surveyed, 10% of girls and 3% of boys had self-harmed in the previous year.

Despite these figures, the true scale of the problem is difficult to quantify as most people will try and conceal their self-harm due to high levels of shame.   Children and young people who are looked after have been identified as especially at risk of self-harm (e.g. Harkess-Murphy, MacDonald & Ramsay, 2013).

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