Self-Harm and Suicide

Overview

Each year, millions of young people purposely harm themselves by cutting, burning, scratching, or bruising their bodies. Self-injury is their secret way of dealing with strong feelings of anger, shame, frustration, and hopelessness. Some children and teens are so overwhelmed by difficult emotions or events that they desperately seek a way out. Sadly, they may choose to end their lives through suicide. Learn to identify the risk factors and warning signs for self-harm and suicide. Find out where to go to get help ...
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Overview

Each year, millions of young people purposely harm themselves by cutting, burning, scratching, or bruising their bodies. Self-injury is their secret way of dealing with strong feelings of anger, shame, frustration, and hopelessness. Some children and teens are so overwhelmed by difficult emotions or events that they desperately seek a way out. Sadly, they may choose to end their lives through suicide. Learn to identify the risk factors and warning signs for self-harm and suicide. Find out where to go to get help and how to develop coping skills to get through the tough times.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-9

Answers to questions such as "What are drugs?" and "What is abuse?" as well as clear language and explanations make this series suitable for fact-finding missions, but the abundant graphics and case studies are likely to draw in browsers as well. Throughout, unfamiliar vocabulary is highlighted in bold and explained in context and in the glossary. Concise explanations of depression's symptoms, self-injurious behaviors, and forms of emotional abuse, for example, will help build students' health literacy. Captioned photos depict multiethnic preteens and teens in posed scenes, although one photograph of an anorexic girl and another of an abused boy are all too realistic. Getting help is the key message, along with taking control by creating personal space, keeping a diary, and thinking through choices. Fact boxes and case study sidebars add information. Further-reading suggestions of novels, diaries, and memoirs will create both literary and personal connections to the topics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836892024
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Emotional Health Issues Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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