Self Harm

Why We Should Be Talking About Emotional Abuse

Nina Bryant | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nina Bryant

I grew up in a family where we were taught that child abuse was wrong. I also grew up in a family where I was hit, shoved, threatened, sworn at and made to feel like I was worthless from as young as five years old. It wasn't until age 19 that somebody told me that what I had suffered was, in fact, abuse.

My First Coping Mechanism

Anneli Roberts | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anneli Roberts

I thought about death almost hourly. I knew in my heart that at any given moment I could lose my mum. I also understood that at any moment I could drop dead, and that isn't the nicest thought to have with your Weetabix.

Depression Among Teens Can Spiral Into Self-Harm But Parents Often Don't Know What To Say Or Do

Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg

Every child has stressful situations to cope with, including arguments with friends, bullying, and disputes with parents, as well as pressures about the way they look, which can emanate from social media and its reflection of a 'perfect world' adorned by 'perfect people'.

Self Harm Is More Than Physical

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Years ago, before self-harm became part of my life, my understanding of the term would have been as a purely physical act. I equated self-harm with physical self-injury, of the sort that would leave visible damage.

Acceptance Is The Answer According To The Queen Of Bad Choices

Claire Ayres | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year I was asked to write a post for the charity I volunteer at on the national theme of surviving or thriving. Using this I've had a look back at my long history of mental illness and reflected on when I've been surviving and when I've been thriving.

Self-Harm Misconceptions

Janet Adebodun | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Janet Adebodun

I've spent years explaining my self-harm scars to people in hopes that I'm doing my part for mental health awareness but sometimes, being so open abou...

Self-Injury Awareness Day: What It Is And Why We Need To Talk About It

Nina Bryant | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nina Bryant

Self-injury awareness day falls on the 1st of March. Conversations about self-injury can be triggering for many of us, so why raise awareness and encourage people to talk about it?

Sharp Rise In The Number Of Teenage Girls Self-Harming: Here's What Parents Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Parents

There has been a sharp rise in the number of teenage girls who have self-harmed, according to GPs’ records. The rate of self-harm among girls aged 1...

Why Is Everyone Talking About Mental Health?

Nina Bryant | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nina Bryant

As someone who holds this issue close to my heart I have seen the ins and outs of every different reaction to mental illness you can imagine, the good and the bad. "We all do that," in relation to my obsessive panics about germs or "we all get a bit down sometimes" in relation to my suicidal tendencies.

Protecting Pupils' Hearts And Minds

Claire Stead | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Moreover, by being able to intelligently monitor keystroke activity, both online and offline, allowing visibility of conversations or content being created in chatrooms, documents and messaging apps, schools can create smart and safe profiles of its pupils.

Teen Creates Stunning Painting On Her Leg Instead Of Self-Harming

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A teenager has inspired thousands of people by creating a stunning piece of art on her leg when she was tempted to self-harm. Amelia Hall, a student a...

Getting Our Children Out Of Harm's Way

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

There can be few things more distressing for a parent or guardian then when their child becomes so unhappy or upset that they feel compelled to self-harm. It is therefore deeply worrying that more and more children and teenagers in this country are being hospitalised after deliberately hurting themselves.

Tattoo Artist Covers Woman's Self-Harm Scars With Beautiful Design

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A tattoo artist has helped a woman cover her self-harm scars so she can move forward with her life. Poppy Segger, 21, who runs Poppy Smallhands Tattoo...

Research Is Critical To Addressing Rising Levels Of Self-Harm

Dr Dickon Bevington | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Dickon Bevington

More research must be carried out into why exactly we are seeing such a dramatic rise in self-harm amongst teenagers and young people, and the real rate of prevalence amongst young people.

Stop The Stigma On Self-harm

Sian Abigail Bradley | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Abigail Bradley

It makes me feel physically sick to imagine people knowing that I used to cut my skin. I imagine how people would judge me, perhaps think I'm a freak for hurting myself, and probably feel quite sick themselves once they knew.

Social Media Linked To Worrying Rise In Self-Harm Among Young People

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The number of young people admitted to hospital as a result of self-harm has rocketed over the last 10 years, new figures have revealed, with experts ...

One Quarter Of Young Women Have Self-Harmed

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In the UK, young women are the most affected by common mental health issues, according to new statistics released by NHS Digital. One fifth of women (...

How One Family Hopes To Harness The Power Of Music And Cut Global Suicide Rates

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Maureen and Iain O’Kelly are on a mission to cut suicides rates and boost global mental health by harnessing the power of music. The couple, both ...

Trigger Warnings - What's the Point?

Nadia Mendoza | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK
Nadia Mendoza

A warning isn't synonymous with creating 'Generation Snowflake', it's giving autonomy. An alcoholic can choose not to walk into a pub as they're signposted, a soldier with PTSD can choose to avoid a fireworks display if the explosions traumatise them with memories of war, someone influenced by online content deserves to choose what they see before clicking.

Adult Self-Harm: A Secret World of Pain

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

As I share my story, I am finding that I am so far from alone. That there are a lot of other adults out there who are using self-harm to manage their thoughts and feelings too. Some of them have done it since childhood - or like me have reverted to a coping mechanism of old. Others have discovered self-harm as a fully fledged adult.

Failing As 'Breadwinners' Could Be Why Men Have Begun Self-Harming More

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK

A rise in men self-harming may because the financial crisis is making them feel like failures in their "breadwinner" role, researchers have claimed. T...

An Attempt at Explaining Self-Harm

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

I am not justifying it as a good thing to do whatsoever, it is an unhealthy coping strategy that needs to be talked about and treated to find alternative ways of managing difficult feelings that are not so damaging. Still, you can't find an alternative until you know what purpose self-harm serves in general or for you personally, so here goes...

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

Cyberbullying And Exam Pressure 'Leading Pupils To Attempt Suicide'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Almost half of school staff believe students under their tutelage have self-harmed and almost one in five were aware of youngsters attempting suicide,...

Why We Need to Talk About Self-Harm

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

There are many widely held beliefs about self-harm which are simply wrong. If we don't talk about it we can't educate young people (or older people) about self-harm. It is NOT a failed suicide attempt nor a method of attention seeking. In most instances, it's a coping mechanism.