Children keen to discuss self-harm to dispel myths

    Young people want self-harm to be discussed in schools to help
    dispel the fears and misunderstandings that surround the behaviour,
    according to a report published today,writes Sally
    Gillen.

    The second interim report by the Mental Health Foundation and
    the Camelot Foundation on the national inquiry into self-harm also
    found that training for education professionals is at best
    patchy.

    But the young people consulted for the report do not want
    teachers to take on a counsellor role.

    Government strategies promoting better health and emotional
    well-being for young people do not include self-harm.

    Project manager of the national inquiry Dr Marcia Brophy said:
    “It appears that young people want to play a very involved
    role in providing information and advice about
    self-harm.”

    But she added: “But with education professionals under
    such pressure, external help is needed to support the one in 10
    teenagers in the UK who are hurting themselves in order to cope
    with their emotional problems.”

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