Initial findings from a survey on young people’s mental health have highlighted that more than a third of respondents have thought about hurting themselves. The survey, which acts as a screening tool for the Mind and Body programme, has been anonymously completed by more than 1,500 fourteen to seventeen year olds. The early results show that issues seem particularly pronounced amongst grammar school populations with 94% of those respondents believing self harm to be prevalent amongst their peer groups.
Mind and Body is currently being delivered by three Addaction teams, offering early intervention support within schools in Kent, Cornwall and Lancashire. The programme involves one-to-one sessions and a series of hour-long groups with young people who are involved in, or deemed vulnerable to self-harming behaviours. The focus is on exploring thoughts and actions in relation to self-harm, looking at why risks are taken and how to reduce them, as well as helping to develop communication, self-expression and assertiveness skills.
Rick Bradley, Operations Manager for Mind and Body: “This data shows why early intervention support around emotional wellbeing is so important. It is concerning that such a high proportion of young people feel worried or depressed, and perhaps even more so that some feel that they lack support in this area. The programmes we run are designed to help young people talk openly about mental health and self harm in particular, helping them to feel less isolated and more empowered to develop positive coping strategies.”
You can find out more about Mind and Body in this article (PDF) published in the Schools and Students Health Education Unit (SHEU) and through the Mind and Body Information Pack (PDF). Download infographic (PDF).
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