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DD self-harming for two years - just told me! Please help!

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notahotel Wed 24-Apr-13 19:03:58

My DD has just come home in tears and told me the following: she's been cutting herself for two years, she has voices in her head telling her to do bad things, she's tried cannabis, tobacco and MDMA (once), and today she's been banned from Primark for shoplifting! It seems it's all about trying to fit in - she has a group of 'friends' who have been asking her to steal things for them and trying to make her take drugs, smoke, etc. These friends are all a year or two older than her and she met them through her older brother. She's lost all her friends at school because they say she's changed so much.
She's devastated about everything so my instinct was to hug her and love her and reassure her which I've done. She's having a bath now and then we'll spend the evening chatting. Luckily, DH is away and DS is out for the evening.
Advice, please. I'm thinking GP and meeting with year head tomorrow - she clearly needs a lot of help and support. Has anyone else had this all thrown at them suddenly by a 'good girl' (bright, top sets, excellent behaviour, etc.)? She's fourteen next week. She does have a lovely, supportive boyfriend and a few other nice friends out of school, one of whom has her own issues (bulimia).

notahotel Fri 10-May-13 21:12:07

Thanks, mindfulmum, I'll follow your advice. Thank goodness it's the weekend!

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