Self Harm

Adult Self-Harm: A Secret World of Pain

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 24.05.2016 | 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 26.04.2016 | 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 25.04.2016 | 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 09.03.2016 | 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.

Today Is a Very Important Day

Sarah Dale | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Dale

My name is Sarah dale and I'm 22. Today is a very important day for me. Not only is it St David's day, it is also Self-Harm Awareness day. Every year I celebrate this day, and take the opportunity to talk about self-harm, as I have struggled with it for several years.

Today Is Self-Injury Awareness Day and It's Not Enough

Wedge Black | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Wedge Black

Self-injury is a coping mechanism - it's not usually done for the reasons many assume. Self-injury is usually a very private act performed just to help the person 'wake up' or 'quieten down' so they can get on with their day.

Dispelling One of the Big Myths of Self-Harm

Claire Ayres | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

Self harming can become an addiction, this is something many people don't understand. The feelings you get from releasing your sadness, anger, distress into the self harm becomes addictive. It becomes a need. I have been addicted to drugs and alcohol and self harm has been far harder to kick than either of these.

Why Do I Self-Harm?

Claire Greaves | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It's important to remember that self-harm is different to suicide. Not everybody who cuts wants to die. Sometimes cutting can feel like the only way to cope and stay alive. It can be easier to cope with the physical pain rather than the emotional pain.

Self-Harm Awareness Day: Why Is My Child Hurting Himself?

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents

Of all the difficult conversations parents have to broach with their children - talking about self-harm is a topic many struggle to approach. But w...

11 Things People Who Self-Harm Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK

Self-harm, or self-injury, is often an under-discussed topic. "A lot of people who self-harm don't ask for help. You might be aware that you have ...

Supporting Young People Suffering With Self-Harm and Eating Disorders - Three Key Lessons

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Fortunately, things have moved on somewhat from my own school days. We have a far better understanding of self-harm and eating disorders - unfortunately that's at least in part due to a huge increase in prevalence in both conditions which has forced us to learn, fast, and taught us some difficult lessons along the way.

'Is There Anything I Can Do?' - Starting Conversations About Self-Harm

Rachel Piper | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Piper

One in 12 young people in the UK self-harm yet all too often their friends and family are unsure about what to do or how to help. I spoke to a student who has experienced self-harm, about what helped her most and how the stigma around self-harm can be broken down.

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?