Self Harm Rises In East Mids

8 September 2011, 06:00 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Capital's been told how self harm in the East Midlands is rising among young people, and there's not enough support around.

It's thought some of the main reasons for young people self harming could be down to the pressures being put on them, with the main issues being unemployment and body image.

Capital's been speaking to local help group Harmless who say they have seen their numbers grow. But have just recently been told their funding will be stopped in the new year, putting even more pressure on a under represented issue.

Each year 170,000 people attend A & E for treatment of self harm. In 2006 there were estimates that 1 in 10 young people self harmed (Truth Hurts Report, 2006) in 2008 this estimated statistic had risen to 22% of boys 11-19 and 33% of girls

Harmless, will officially receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service today at a special event in Nottingham.

The award, an equivalent of an MBE for a group recipient, will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir Andrew Buchanan, the local representative for the Queen at a self harm awareness event being held at the Broadway Cinema.

In providing recovery based interventions for young people and adults that self harm, the service user led organisation has the message of hope at its core and delivers a range of professional information, therapeutic and training services to promote health, hope and recovery amongst an under represented client group.

Zoe Rotherham is a previous client, and now recovered.  She said:  Harmless is here to give people the opportunity to turn things around, to start learning to  manage their feelings in a different way, and hopefully enabling them to live fuller and more content lives.

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