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This guide aims to help families and communities in Western Australia understand what they can to do to support a young Aboriginal person who is self-harming.

The guide explores:

  • early warning signs of self-harm
  • factors that may influence young Aboriginal people to self-harm
  • how to get help
  • how to manage a crisis and injuries.

It also promotes social and emotional wellbeing and healing for young people, their families and communities.

The guide was co-developed by Orygen and the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, along with young Aboriginal people in Western Australia, an Aboriginal expert advisory group, Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Health Workers, local Elders, and Aboriginal families and communities from across the state.

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