In the Know provides expert speakers on topics important to families and to those working to support the mental health of children and youth.

Self-Harm: What Families Need to Know

There is Always Help, There is Always Hope

Learning that your child is self-harming can be scary and overwhelming. Self-injury takes many forms and the reason why someone self-injures is complex. Hear from a young person with lived experience and a Healthcare Professional discuss what self-harm is, why youth self-injure, and other options for health coping strategies.

This episode is a collaboration between FamilySmart and BC Children’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.



Ciara works as a FamilySmart® Youth in Residence providing peer-support, resources, and system navigation to families and young people across BC. Having experienced her own mental health concerns, Ciara understands the effect that mental health challenges can have on young people and families, and hopes through sharing her own experience, she can help support those who are struggling.


Kim Leifso has been working with teens for over 20 years, and has spent much of her career working specifically with children and youth struggling with self-harm and suicidal thoughts. She is currently working as an Intervention Specialist at Vanguard Secondary School in Langley, BC. Over the years, Kim has worked with children, youth, families, and couples involving a multitude of mental health issues and other challenges. Kim is also an experienced facilitator and has been invited to provide workshops and training for Corrections Canada, 9-1-1 Operators, RCMP, Doctors of BC, various Public and Private School Districts, and much more. She also works as a Violent Threat Risk Assessment trainer with Safer Schools Together. Kim holds a Master’s of Education in Counselling from the UBC, is a Registered Clinical Counselor, and a member of the American Association of Suicidology.