I'm worried about my niece as she's been self-harming | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I AM concerned about my niece after seeing self-harming cuts on her arm.

I am her 51-year-old aunt. She is 14 and seems to be rebelling since she started secondary school, wanting to do everything she’s not allowed to, such as having boyfriends and smoking.

She also lies about everything. I think it’s due to hanging out with a bad crowd.

It is as if she is on a self-destructive path.

She is surrounded by people who love and care about her, but chooses to feel isolated.

I feel it’s a cry for help and attention, as she only really gets noticed by her mum when she is being naughty.

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She has asked me not to say anything to her mum, but I am unsure what to do.

It breaks my heart to know she is struggling.

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DEIDRE SAYS: You are right to be concerned.

Your niece sounds very unhappy but she clearly trusts you. It’s important to stay calm and not be alarmed.

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Urge her to get support through her GP or student health. My support pack Understanding Self-harm will help too.

You both can find support through Harmless, which helps anyone who self-harms and their family and friends (harmless.org.uk).

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