Self Harm

Are You Suffering From Psychological Abuse?

James Barber | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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...

Lucy Sherriff

'Self-Harm Is Becoming Mainstream. Thanks To The Internet, It's No Longer Taboo'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Self-harm is becoming mainstream and no longer secret or taboo; instead it is something to share on blogs, forums and chat rooms, a doctor from a lead...

'Internet Suicide' Study To Search For Link Between The Web And Self Harm

Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Tech

A study to investigate the impact of the internet on suicide has been announced as official figures show nearly 6,000 people killed themselves in 2012...

'Bearded Lady' Defies Bullies With Her Inspirational Message

Huffington Post UK/ Barcroft Media | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A 23-year-old woman who was driven to self-harm by bullies who teased her mercilessly about her excessive facial hair has embraced her condition and n...

Poorna Bell

'People Who Self-Harm Will Do So Anyway': A Report On The Role Of Social Media In Self-Harming

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

“People often try to keep self-harm a secret because of shame or fear of discovery,” says the NHS website, but a growing occurrence is of young pe...

Listening to Children Must Be at the Heart of Child Protection

Peter Wanless | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

There is a sad and recurrent theme in many of the worst child abuse scandals - of a child's voice not having been heard. Poor Daniel Pelka, seen looking through bins for food at his school but whose suffering at the hands of his mother and partner was not discovered until it was tragically too late...

Bruce Springsteen's Light Shines Through the Darkness of Self-Loathing

Tony Lobl | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tony Lobl

The Boss is top of the live pops - he has just been voted No.1 among the 50 best acts currently performing. This accolade from a Rolling Stone panel ...

'Feltham Should Frighten Us All'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK

A young offenders' institution has been branded an "unacceptably violent place" - and the chief inspector of prisons says he would be "terrified" if ...

Youth Charities' Campaign to Challenge Misconception About Self-Harm

Sarah Brennan | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brennan

The charities hope that the awareness campaign will get people talking and help to reduce the stigma attached to self-harming which prevents many young people from seeking help. You can follow the campaign on Twitter via #selfharm and find out more about the campaign on each of the charities websites.

Why Can We Not Talk About Teacher Suicide?

Julian Stanley | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Stanley

So why should a Headteacher death such as this one take such a lowly position in the news agenda? Why is such a story deemed less important than teachers "sneaking off" to enjoy a social life? Do newspaper editors think articles criticising teachers are that much more appealing?

I Thought I Was the Only One - The Only One in the World

Carlene Firmin | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Carlene Firmin

It is important that professionals, parents, carers, and society at large take this report as a wake-up call. We all must be alert to the signs and take action to protect children. There are too many cases where children have tried to tell and have not been heard.

Want a Real Prison Revolution? Then Set the Fairer Sex Free

Vincent McAviney | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Politics
Vincent McAviney

If women's prisons were closed statistical evidence has proven that the vast majority of the female prison population would be of no danger to the public and would make a great saving to the public purse.

We Need to Break the Taboo Surrounding Self Harm and Start Talking About It

Sarah Brennan | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brennan

Only one in 10 young people are comfortable seeking advice from teachers, parents and GPs. Over half would go online to get support about self-harm despite only one in five trusting online sources.

What Are Our Children's Homes for? What Do We Want Them to Do?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

In every children's homes placement, there are many human factors to consider. Decisions as to how to meet the needs of the young people require experience, knowledge, training and know-how. Looked after children and children's homes deserve the support of their corporate parents, including you and me, engaging in complex public discussion rather than simplistic sensationalism.

Bullied Children 'Three Times More Likely' To Self-Harm

PA | Posted 27.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Children bullied during their early years are up to three times more likely to self harm than their class-mates when they reach adolescence, a study h...

Tumblr, Thinspo and Self Harm, is Banning the Answer?

Nick Watts | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Watts

Tumblr is fairly notorious as a platform to go find your images for anything to do with self harm and so called 'thinspiration'. These kinds of resources have been labelled by professionals and campaigners as damaging for many years now and their consequences have been the base of much fierce debate.

Charities Appeal to Young People Not to Suffer in Silence

Sarah Brennan | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brennan

The statistics surrounding the number of children and young people self-harming are truly shocking. Around 1 in 12 children and young people are known to deliberately self-harm, with 25,000 admitted to hospital every year due to the severity of their injuries.

The Perception of Self Harm in Schools

Nick Watts | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Watts

The reality is that self harm is just another coping mechanism, which may be maladaptive but none the less people are using it to cope with deeper problems. It is not a suicide attempt, it is not attention seeking and it is not something confined to younger people.

Depression is a Killer: It Needs Rebranding

Kat Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Brown

People still don't understand enough about depression, even now with all the blogs, the websites and the famous faces associated with it. Some of the most brilliant, funny, wonderful people I know are crippled by depression and it's a hideous waste.