Self-Harm and Suicide.

Self-Harm and Suicide. 

There has been a lot of media articles in the past few weeks looking at the distressing subject of self-harm and suicide, indeed Prince William led a discussion with a group of footballers (past and present) that was aired on national TV last weekend, albeit at a very late hour of the day on a Sunday evening.  And herein lies the problem, the issue of self-harm and suicide which affects so many people in our country finally gets some media time but is presented at such a late time slot, what message is this saying to people? 

“It’s an important subject but let’s put it on at a late time as it is a difficult subject to listen to but hey, we are talking about it”  

The programme was very good and looked at the issues of grief, depression and masculinity and why men do not talk about mental health, all great points and very well put. I remember years ago the footballer Stan Collymore being openly criticised by his manager on Television for having depression and not being able to play in a game, thankfully things are changing but at a very slow pace.  

Within the field of child exploitation, we are aware of the differences that services provide on a gender basis, far too often boys are seen in a different light than girls and there are more services dedicated to girls than boys despite agencies knowing the disparity in reporting abuse. Schools are always wrestling with the issue of boys not disclosing abuse and trying to work out how to engage children in meaningful dialogue and trying to destigmatise mental health issues. With the growing pressure that children are exposed to in todays modern society it is no wonder that many more children are reporting high levels of self-harm and depression. Social media, exam pressure, high expectations and conformity are some of the reasons we are seeing such an increase but also children are more conscious and aware about self-harm and suicide than ever before yet we still “skirt” round the subject. These topics regularly feature in television programmes featuring young people and advice lines are prominent at the end of contentious episodes but is this enough? We know there are many websites out there that provide good advice and guidance for young people but there are also counter narratives from other websites offering alternative information that can confuse young people, these have been recently featured in the tragic death of a 14 year old child who viewed websites that promoted self-harm and suicide.  

 Access to high quality training is necessary in order to equip professionals and children with the skills to help alleviate anxiety, fear and reduce the likelihood of mental health issues developing, the internet can provide a wealth of information but nothing can reproduce good quality bespoke training on self-harm and suicide.

The NWG are acutely aware of the difficulties that families are currently facing and have facilitated the Nottingham based charity Harmless UK to deliver Self Harm and Suicide intervention training (Level2) at our offices based in Derby on 25th June 2019. With mental health awareness now gaining more momentum now is an ideal time to book onto this training and learn how to respond if you are faced with a situation of self-harm or deteriorating mental health in a child or an adult. Please click on the link below to find out more details and to book onto this course


Kevin Murphy