The Good Childhood report launched by the Children Society in partnership with the University of York finds a number of shocking statistics with nearly a quarter of girls aged 14 (22%) saying they had self-harmed in just a year.
We know that on average children with mental health difficulties go ten years between first becoming unwell and getting any help. With the knowledge we have on children and young people’s mental health it is essential that children and young people receive support at every level and that it is consistent, responsive and effective.
On the 16 August, Sarah’s mental health catch up on social media focused on the self-harm in young people:
‘We need to have nuanced conversations about self-harm, we need to be thoughtful and talk to young people about what it means to them and not make any assumptions.’