‘Eye-opening’ work by self-harm project as almost third of students have considered hurting themselves
Almost a third of young people surveyed in Lancashire said they have thought about hurting themselves, research carried out by Addaction’s Mind and Body project reveals.
81% of young people think that some, many or most young people their age self-harm. Girls are more likely to be depressed and worried.
The results demonstrate the crucial importance of Mind and Body (MAB), a scheme that supports young people who may be vulnerable to self-harm.
The early intervention programme is designed to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing amongst young people who may be coping with low self-esteem, anxiety, body image issues and low mood.
Young Addaction Lancashire is delivering Mind and Body at four schools across Lancaster, Morecambe, Fylde and Wyre this term.
Staff have spoken to 500 young people in Lancashire about their mental health since MAB began in September. Survey findings include:
- 28% of young people said they have thought about harming themselves
- Of these, 66% said they had felt depressed for six or more days in the last month
- And 47% said they felt overwhelmed by worries either often or all the time
- 3 in 10 young people have a close friend who has self-harmed