With Irish and UK teen suicide rates being among the highest in the EU, it is so important, now more than ever, to understand this issue and know how to help our young people.
Sadly, parents and teachers and those who work with teenagers who engage in self-harming and have suicidal thoughts are often at a loss as to how to help. And even more distressing is the fact that many don’t even know how to uncover the problem in the first place, as so much of it can be hidden from view.
To help tackle this issue, Liz Quish’s new book, Overcoming Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts: A Practical Guide for the Adolescent Years, offers a guide for parents, teachers, youth workers and others caring for and working with vulnerable teenagers.
Filled with tips on how to support young people and increase their self-esteem and resilience, it offers a uniquely integrated and holistic approach, focusing on all aspects of well-being - social, emotional and physical.
It also helps those on the outside to understand the purpose and function of self-harming behaviours while dispelling myths about self-harm.
Liz also offers key insights into suicide risk factors and preventative measures while also providing guidance for those who have lost a loved one through suicide.
Liz Quish is a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist, parent coach, early childhood educator and mediator and has been working with children and families for over 20 years. In recent years, she has been working as a Crisis Counsellor in Pieta House supporting and counselling teenagers and adults who present with self-harm and suicidal thinking.
Through her work, Liz has gained a wealth of knowledge and skills in relation to appropriate interventions and support for those in suicidal distress, with very positive outcomes.