Self Harm

Modern World Driving Children to Despair

Peter Wanless | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

Every year the NSPCC shines a spotlight on the troubles children choose to contact us about via ChildLine. This year the glare starkly exposes the gro...

Behind the Smile, Behind the Mask

Claire Greaves | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It'd be easier to pretend that I'm okay and to stay quiet until things are better but then I'm not sure how that's helpful for anyone because speaking out about mental illness needs to be a true picture, it can't just be telling people about the good days.

Self-Harm Can Be the Dark Passenger With Depression

Tom Haward | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

It's an obvious question: how could hurting yourself provide any relief? Unfortunately I am seasoned to self-harm and its effects. I honestly wish I could be writing this with no scars from the times I hurt myself but I am scarred. I wish I lived without the urges but I occasionally yearn for the pain.

'Abuse' Is a Small Word That Maybe Doesn't Convey the Horror That It Should

Peter Wanless | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

Instrumental quite rightly reminds us that no matter how offenders try to excuse their appalling behaviour it is never the child's fault - the survivor has absolutely nothing to apologise for. But the road to recovery is frequently bumpy, sometimes tortuous but always worth the journey, which is why we need far more investment in therapeutic and mental health services.

Imprisoned By My Eating Disorder

Claire Greaves | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I worry about my health, I know I could die, I know I could lose out on life and opportunities if I am not well enough to grasp them with both hands. It's a spiral and it's all spinning around my head and it's making me dizzy. I'm constantly out of breath. Exhausted. Exhausted by this mental illness.

The Zayn Effect: The Worrying World of Online Fandom

Pascale Day | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Pascale Day

Although hard to comprehend right now, when things feel at their worst, these pleas won't make Zayn return to One Direction. It will just make him feel really, really bad. Imagine, at twenty-two, feeling responsible for a segment of your fanbase indulging in self harm...

Boy Band Breakups: Let's Not Be So Cavalier to the Directioners

Craig Jackson | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Craig Jackson

What is more interesting to me as a psychologist, lies in what it is about people who identify so much with the Zayn's, the Diana's or the Gary's, that they struggle to cope at the 'death' or departure of someone/something they did not really know. I am also equally intrigued by what many of these grieving fans will do as a way to cope with their loss.

My Self-Harm Nightmare: Was Channel 4's 'Graphic' Documentary Triggering And Irresponsible?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

WARNING: Contains language and descriptions which may be triggering for self-harm and anorexia sufferers. Channel 4 has been accused of being sensa...

De-stigmatizing Self-Harm: We Just Need to Talk About It

Neha Shah | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neha Shah

Fortunately, ridding ourselves, and our societies, from preconceptions about self-injury should not be difficult. Destroying the ridiculous, harmful stigma that surrounds it should, in theory, be straightforward. We just need familiarity. We need to start talking about it.

What Are We Pouring Into Our Children?

Michelle Holmes | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Holmes

When there is such an emphasis on achieving, regular assessments, bigger class sizes at school with lessons led by overworked teachers dealing with classes of children with increased varying educational needs and staff without adequate support or training, these statistics support my experience of children that are stressed and unable to articulate their feelings.

About the Church and Mental Health

Dr Kate Middleton | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Dr Kate Middleton

Should the church really get involved in supporting people with mental health problems - or would they be better focused on signposting people to 'more appropriate' sources of support?

Schools 'Struggling To Cope' With Rise In Students Self-Harming

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Schools are struggling to cope with students self-harming, as the numbers have increased by 20% on the previous year, according to NHS figures. The...

We Must All Take Responsibility for Helping Young People Navigate the Turmoil They Experience

Lucie Russell | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucie Russell

For too long self-harm has been dismissed as something that is just an issue for teenage girls. We have too recognise that this is an issue for boys as well. Boys may often self-harm differently to girls, they may bang their heads or punch walls, and often this is seen as just aggressive behaviour rather than self-harm.

Boys' Self-Harm Rates At Shocking 'Five-Year High'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The number have cases of young boys admitted to A&E for self-harming has soared by 30% and is now at a five-year high, a new report has revealed. A...

Death Penalty for Women Offenders

Felicity Gerry | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

We all took the view that public sympathy is with the women who are in effect sentenced to the equivalent of a death penalty whilst their children suffer the consequences. When they ask me - where were you Mummy when all these women were dying in prison, I will be proud to say I was at the HLE Debate and we didn't just talk about change we made it happen.

Is Our Attitude to Mental Health Absolute Madness?

Lee Dalloway | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Dalloway

You call in sick with a moderate physical ailment, because it's easier to tell your boss you have a migraine/food poisoning/the flu than go into the intricacies of something you may not understand yourself. Have you ever been told to 'be strong' or 'get over it' by someone who just can't fathom the incorporeal nature of what's affecting your life?

The Rational Act of an Irrational Mind

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

At the times in my life where suicide has become a real and valid option, it seemed the best thing to do for everyone. When my mind reached this completely irrational conclusion, I was convinced that while my family might grieve for a while, they would ultimately get over it, move on, and be the better for no longer having to watch over or worry about me.

Crisis Point: Where to Turn When the Government Have Let You Down?

Sian S. Rathore | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian S. Rathore

Ten days passed and my condition got worse and worse. I was being treated by Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team, who advised me to try to sleep, came to my house three times a day with diazepam, told me to calm down, and trusted me to take the pills and go to sleep.

The Edgy Ambience of US Supermax Prisons

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

In certain London bars I reckon the bare monastic cell look is considered quite cutting edge. By contrast, ADX Florence is beyond cutting edge (unless it's prisoners cutting their wrists in despair). ADX Florence's ambience is an altogether bleaker affair, one which seems designed to crush people and push them right over the edge.

Inside the Mind of a Cutter: How Self-Harm Monopolised My Every Thought

Nadia Mendoza | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nadia Mendoza

For 20 years I spoke through my skin because I couldn't find the right words. Instead of a best friend to play with, I had a pair of scissors. And instead of a voice, I got stuck on a merry-go-round of bottling things in and bleeding them out. The question I often get asked is 'why'; what could make me feel so low that I would want to drag a blade across my own flesh. Having had nearly two decades to gnaw over an answer, I'm still not really sure, other than - being brutally honest - I think I liked it. It wasn't about the injury I inflicted though, cutting never deviated towards sadomasochism, it was about searching for contentment.

Jessica Elgot

Why Do Some Teens Troll Themselves Online? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK

Hannah Smith was bombarded with vile messages telling her to kill herself. Posts on the website told her to drink bleach, that she was a slut, ...

Are You Suffering From Psychological Abuse?

James Barber | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK
James Barber

Historically, we have always defined abuse as something that is primarily external, someone treating us with violence or cruelty, but the definition of abuse has yet to include the many ways in which we abuse ourselves with cruelty and internal violence.

Government Urged To Introduce Suicide Awareness Education Following Tragic Deaths

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The government is being urged to provide education for young people about the dangers of self harm and suicide following the tragic deaths of two youn...

How to Help Someone Struggling With Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Anna Rhodes | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Mental health disorders can blight a student's life, causing their academic attainment to fall, sometimes leading them to drop out of university altog...

An Open Letter to Penny Smith and Jim Davis on Mental Illness and Stigma

Tim Squirrell | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Squirrell

Dear Penny and Jim, I'm writing to thank you for having me on The Breakfast Show on BBC London last Thursday. I don't know if you remember me; you were running a news piece about the tragic death of Tallulah Wilson, a girl who suffered from an eating disorder and subsequently killed herself in late 2012...