Following the completion of a research project, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has published a new guide for parents about self-harming, which will be useful for teachers too. Self-harming affects 10–15% of young people, and parents can feel overwhelmed. The guide has information on topics including understanding self-harm, managing injuries, sources of help and looking after parents’ own needs.
The guide is available at the link below and it might be worth printing a few copies off ready to pass to parents when needed.
Videos from parents who took part in the research can be found at the link below, along with other material:
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything -no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.
www.childline.org.uk or 0800 1111
Other Support Services:
FRANK (substance misuse)
www.talktofrank.com or 0300 123 6600 or text 82111
Safe & Sound, Derby (child sexual exploitation)
Working to end child sexual exploitation, Safe & Sound Derby provides support to children and young people who are being, or at risk of being sexually exploited, together with their families and delivers a UK-wide programme of training services to improve awareness, knowledge and skills to ensure that victims and their families get the help and support they need.
www.safeandsoundderby.co.uk or 01332 362120
Safe Speak (counselling)
Problems with family, friends or teachers? These counsellors understand what’s going on in young people’s lives and can help deal with the challenges of school life and growing up. They offer a safe place for young people to talk about thoughts and feelings, in private.
The Space @ Connexions
The Space @ Connexions is a city centre based service dedicated to offering information, advice, referral and support to young people who live in Derby.
You can get advice and support on a range of issues including:
- housing and homelessness
- welfare rights
- mental health
- sexual health
- stop smoking
- general health
- training and employment
- leisure and travel
- Chlamydia screening
- pregnancy testing.