Many teachers feel unequipped to deal with the issue of self-harm and are much less comfortable discussing self-harm compared to other risky behaviours. Only one in three teachers believe that they are covering self-harm in lessons despite the fact that
97 percent of young people believing self-harm should be addressed in school.
At the same time, self-harm in-patient admissions have increased by 68% over the last ten years and new research reveals that over three quarters of young people don’t know where to turn to talk about self-harm.
Intended outcomes for participants:
- Understand the causes and consequences of self harm
- Help young people who self harm
- Understand the contagion effect in self harm
- Develop and implement a school policy to address self harm