In Focus this month

In focus this month.....self harm reachout

Self Harm Awareness Day "No Harm Done"  - March 1st 2017

 

Young mind has teamed up with The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and The Royal College of Psychiatrists to create a series of co-created short films and digital resource packs on self-harm with young people, parents and professionals.

The aim of No Harm Done is to reassure those affected by self-harm that things can and do improve - it can be hard work, and it might feel worse before it gets better, but coming out of the other side is so worth it.

Information pack  

Self-harm describes any way in which a person might harm themselves or put themselves at risk in order to cope with difficult thoughts, feelings or experiences. It affects up to 1 in 5 young people and spans the divides of gender, class, age and ethnicity.

“I was so alone and lost and desperate. I thought no one cared until my youth worker encouraged me to open up. I remember that day so vividly – it was the first day of the rest of my life.”

The sooner we encourage a young person to disclose their self-harm, the sooner we are able to provide or seek appropriate support to help them break the cycle. We can do so by passing our concerns on to a safeguarding officer or by providing a safe space for the young person to talk to us.

Useful help lines

Single point of Access for CAMHS: 01634 337368        

Samaritans: 08457909090 

Child line: 0800 1111

Parents / Adults

Mental Health Matters: 0800 107 0160 (over 18)

Parents Helpline Young Mind: 0808 802 5544

 

Medway Educational, Child and Community Psychology Service

Offer free psychological services to all maintained schools and Academies in Medway. Schools are allocated a core amount of time according to need.  Unlimited additional time can be purchased by schools and other organisations.

The service has developed multi-agency training packages for schools on self-harm.

For further information, contact Medway Educational, Child and Community Psychology Service on 01634 335647 / 334138 or email education.psychology@medway.gov.uk

ELearning Minded www.minded.org.uk/ is funded by Department of health

 

Helpful guide for parents produced by Oxford University       

 

 

 

 

 

 

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