Mental Health

Young people and self harm


Washington Mind’s Young People’s Project believes that Self-harm is essentially a coping mechanism that enables a person to deal with very difficult feelings, painful memories and overwhelming experiences. It is a way of dealing with the associated intense emotional distress. They also recognise that talking and thinking about self-harm can cause anxiety and even fear and for these reasons many people avoid talking about it. However in order to understand self-harming they feel it is necessary to talk about it in a safe way. They feel that it is often unrealistic to expect a young person to ‘just’ stop such behaviors. With the right support, young people can find healthier alternative coping strategies. These new methods for coping must be found before the child/young person can move away from the self-harming behaviours. The feel that it is essential to offer young people “an overall message of hope without disguising the pain” (James Withey, founder of The Recovery Letters)

For more information around self-harm and useful resources which you can use while working/volunteering with young people, please visit the selfharm.co.uk website.


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Tyneside and Northumberland Mind

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Washington Mind Young People’s Project

We currently offer counselling and support such as creative expressive group work for young people aged between 11 and 25yrs who live in the City of Sunderland. Support is offered in a variety of community settings chosen by young people, which include The Life House, Connexions and Poprecs and some…

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