Self-Harm Awareness Day

Posted on February 27, 2012 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN, Young Leaders,

Charities Appeal to Young People Not to Suffer Self-harm in Silence

Research* by ChildLine, selfharm.co.uk, YouthNet and YoungMinds to coincide with National Self-Harm Awareness Day (1 March) found that, among 1,398 young people surveyed, more than half admitted to hurting themselves on a daily basis or a few times a week.

The survey revealed that 41 per cent of young people who had hurt themselves had not told anybody about it, and those who did were most likely to tell friends first. However, the large majority felt that this hadn't helped and still went on to hurt themselves as a way of 'coping'.

X-Factor and N-Dubz star Tulisa is backing the campaign and encouraging young people to talk to someone:
"It's incredibly sad that so many young people are using self-harm as a way to deal with their issues and that many are suffering in silence. I've experienced difficult periods in the past but having somebody to talk to makes the world of difference. I know many young people don't have this and I hope they can be made aware that they can contact the charities supporting this campaign to give them the care, help and support they need.”

The survey also showed that:
• 86 per cent of respondents had injured themselves (the survey is not representative of the whole population).
• Respondents cited feeling depressed as the main reason for hurting themselves. Feeling lonely and family problems also accounted for a high proportion of self-injury cases. Cutting was the most common way of self-harming with 81 percent of young people adopting this method. Scratching was also high at 71 per cent.
• Boys are significantly less likely to tell anyone about their self-harming behaviour than girls.
If you're supporting a young person who harms check out http://www.selfharm.co.uk and for “Talking about self-harm”: a lesson pack, visit the schoolswork.co.uk shop The DVD is half price for a week from Self-harm Awareness Day 1st March!

* An online, self-selecting survey asking young people about their experiences of self-harm was hosted on ChildLine, SelfHarm.co.uk and TheSite.org (run by charity YouthNet) during January 2012. At total of 1,392 respondents completed the survey, giving their ages from 9 years old to 18 years old. The sample will not be representative of the full population.