This Guardian article looks at the vital role peer mentors play in supporting young people who are self-harming as a result of experiencing mental ill health, feeling socially isolated and lonely and experiencing low-self esteem. It demonstrates the impact that having peer mentors in place can have on improving mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people.Read More
Self-harm describes any way in which a young person might harm themselves or put themselves at risk in order to cope with difficult thoughts, feelings or experiences. It affects up to 1 in 5 young people and spans the divides of gender, class, age and ethnicity. As such, many people find themselves in the position of wanting to support a young person who is self-harming. This can be difficult due to lack of confidence or uncertainty about what to say or do.
Here Young Minds have provided simple guidance for taking those first steps – your support can be lifechanging.Read More