The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre
(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.
The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit
’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.
Self-harm refers to the different ways that people deliberately harm themselves. It might conjure up images of someone cutting themselves, but it can also include things like deliberate burning, scratching, hair pulling or taking an overdose. Sometimes people self-harm in secret and it might be a long time before they feel able to tell someone else about it.
Whether you have started self-harming or whether you are afraid you may start, the fact you are looking for these resources is a big first step. Nobody goes through their teenage years without having to negotiate changes and difficulties, but it's how we learn to deal with them that matters and that you get the right support when you need it most.
Self-Harm – Identification
Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose. In most cases there is no suicidal intention but a teenagers safety must always be kept in mind and it may be helpful to have the risk they pose to themselves assess by a professional.
Many teenagers who self-harm will go to great lengths to give the impression that nothing is wrong and nothing out of the ordinary is happening. However, you may pick up on certain signs that indicate to you that they are self-harming and needs help. Always keep in mind however that even if a friend shows these behaviours it doesn’t necessarily mean they are self-harming - they may be going through a difficult or stressful time. However, you may still like to keep an eye on them.
Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves without intending to die. Young people who harm themselves may do it because they don’t know what else to do, or don’t feel like they have any other options.
Long-Term Effects of Self-Harm
Self-harm doesn’t just cause instant damage, there can be long-term effects to your physical and mental health as well. This article from The Mix contains tonnes of information including; the long-term effects of cutting yourself, how to reduce the effects of cutting yourself, the long-term effects of burning yourself, overdosing and head banging, and finally the webpage covers the important information about taking steps towards recovery.
Dealing with Urges to Self-Harm
The urge to self-harm can leave you feeling powerless and overwhelmed. The Mix looks at what’s causing these urges and gives you some useful tips on how to deal with them.
Self-harm is when someone has the intention of hurting or wounding their body to cause a physical pain. Self-harm is often related to emotional pain, which is difficult to express. Some people self-harm to divert their internal pain externally, some do it to join in with others, some people want everything to ‘go away’, and some people want others to notice them. This webpage from The Children’s Society contains information on types of self-harm, and self-harm support.
Self harm is when someone purposely hurts themselves, usually in order to cope with intense emotional distress. It is estimated that around 3.8% of the population self harms. This webpage from Time to Change offers the facts about self harm and aims to bust some myths and misconceptions you might have about self harm.