A Children's Society survey of 11,000 teenagers showed that one in four 14-year-old girls had deliberately harmed themselves in the last year. Some indicated pressures about how they looked, and the numbers that had self-harmed doubled for those young people attracted to others of same or both genders.
It is vital that young people's wellbeing be taken seriously and their mental health is supported within the community.
SECE Mind has been awarded funding by the National Lottery Awards for All to run a 12-month programme of free training on self-harm and suicide to authorities, schools and businesses in South East Essex. There are 200 places available, and the programme will launch on World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th of September.
Ken Sanderson, Chief Officer of South East and Central Essex Mind said; "These statistics highlight the pressures being felt by young people who might struggle with gender stereotypes and worries about looks being portrayed in the media. Our work raising awareness of self-harm and suicide with training available for schools, colleges and companies can't hope to eradicate the problem but raising awareness, and tell-tale signs might help save a life."
Members of the public can sign up to these free courses using the website link here:
South East and Central Essex Mind deliver essential mental health services
to people with mental health issues and their families. They provide mental health advice, information and guidance service, counselling and peer support provision and supported housing across South East Essex. Although South East and Central Essex Mind is affiliated to national Mind, a leading mental health charity in England and Wales, they are responsible for funding their own services.