Making sense of it: A guide for whānau of children who self-harm

Are you supporting a young person who harms themselves? We are looking for parents, caregivers and whānau members of young people who self-harm to help us develop a resource for use here in Aotearoa.

What's involved?

Parents, caregivers and whānau will be asked to complete an online survey about what is like to support a young person who harms themselves. This will take about 10-15 minutes.

Later in the year there will be other phases of the study including face to face interviews and community co-design hui. You can take part in those as well if you would like to, or just do the online survey.

We want to understand more about what information those supporting a rangatahi/young person who harms themselves need, so that we can develop a helpful resource for adults in the same situation.

You can do the face-to-face interview or community workshop in in te reo Māori if you would like to.

Eligibility criteria

To take part in the study you need to be a:

  • Parent/caregiver/whānau member who is 18+ years
  • Taking care of a young person (under 18) has self-harmed in the last 12 months
  • Both Parent/caregiver/whānau and young person must be living in New Zealand


If you have any further questions, please contact:

Dr Sarah Fortune
Phone: 09 923 6097

This research is funded by Cure Kids and Auckland Medical Research Foundation and Approved by the Auckland Health Research Ethics Committee on 24 September 2021 for three years. Reference number AH22734