Self Harm

Is Our Attitude to Mental Health Absolute Madness?

Lee Dalloway | Posted 20.10.2014 | 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 16.09.2014 | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK

Hannah Smith was bombarded with vile messages telling her to kill herself. Posts on the website Ask.fm 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...

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.