ADVICE on supporting children who self-harm is being offered to residents in response to a steep rise in the number of cases.
Over the last three years the number of children self-harming has increased by more than 40 per cent from 46 to 65 cases, with the vast majority of referrals being girls aged between ten and 14.
The event, called Self-Help not Self-Harm, is being run by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) of Worcestershire Health and Care Trust on Thursday, February 12 at 6.30pm at the Charles Hastings Education Centre on the Worcestershire Royal Hospital site.
It is aimed at increasing people’s understanding of why children resort to harming themselves while strategies will be discussed which may help families, teacher and friends support a young person to cope better and more safely with worries, pressures and anxieties.
Nicky Ratcliff, community psychiatric nurse within CAMHS, said: “A key reason why children self-harm is because they aren’t aware of alternative coping strategies when they feel low, stressed, worried or anxious. As a society we need families, friends and teaching staff – as well as healthcare professionals – to understand their responsibilities in supporting young people to find better and safer ways of dealing with their issues.”
To book a place email FTOffice@hacw.nhs.uk or call 01905 681425.
The Trust has dedicated February as Self-Help not Self-Harm month. Visit www.hacw.nhs.uk/selfharm for more information.