Self-harm among young people is the number one issue that young people themselves are concerned about among their peers above gangs, bullying, drug use and binge drinking.
Two out of three teachers, parents and young people would also feel least comfortable talking to a young person who self-harms if they turned to them, concerned that they would say the wrong thing....
One in 12 young people are said to self-harm and over the last 10 years, inpatients admissions for young people who have self-harmed has increased by 68 per cent. The true figure around the number of young people self-harming is likely to be far higher, and this is especially the case for at risk and vulnerable groups including looked-after children and young people in the criminal justice system.
There is little open communication about self-harm and ‘considerable scope for stigma and fear’, the report found.
Parents associate a young person self-harming with failing as a parent and over a third said they would not seek help.
Teachers feel helpless on the issue and 80 per cent said they would like clear practical advice and materials to support young people.
Three out of five GPs said they are concerned about what language to use when talking to young people about self-harm.
Nearly four out of five young people say they don’t know where to turn for advice about self-harm.
In addition, the range of information available online can vary from supportive to dismissive with some websites inciting self-harm.
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
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