Talking Self Harm is a ground-breaking, year long research study, working in partnership with teen mental health charity, YoungMinds. It explores society’s perceptions of young people who self-harm and the current barriers that exist between providing the help they so clearly need.
This is among a list that includes gangs, bullying, drug use and binge drinking.
Two in three teachers, parents and young people think that they would say the wrong thing if someone turned to them.
It can be viewed as too serious or too trivial to prompt action:
There is little open communication around self-harm and considerable scope for stigma and fear.
There is a strong desire to break the conspiracy of silence around self-harm so people feel more able to seek and provide support.