At YoungMinds we deal with self-harm a lot. The ways we do it vary but they include: our Parents’ Helpline; our training courses for teachers; youth workers and service providers; our lobbying work with government officials and our work directly with young people.
Mental health problems don’t just affect particular groups; they span all races, cultures and classes, and self-harm is no exception. Self-harm is surrounded by myths and misconceptions – while it’s often just thought of in terms of cutting, self-harm or self-injury, describes a wide range of things people deliberately do to themselves that are harmful but usually do not kill them. It’s worth noting that while self-harm is usually not an attempt at suicide, it is still highly traumatic for young people and those who care for them.
The most common form of self-harm is cutting the arms or the back of the legs with a razor or knife, but it takes many forms,
Want to see the rest of this article?
Would you like to see the rest of this article and all the other benefits that Issues Online can provide with?
- Useful related articles
- Video and multimedia references
- Statistical information and reference material
- Glossary of terms
- Key Facts and figures
- Related assignments
- Resource material and websites