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Selfies highlight self harm

Redditch Editorial 4th Feb, 2015 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

A TWITTER campaign encouraging people to write positive messages on their arms has been launched to raise awareness of self harm.

The drive from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust asks social media users to take a picture of themselves – known as a selfie – with a message on their wrists about something they do to cope with stress, pressure or feeling anxious. Suggestions include talking to friends, getting active or socialising.

The campaign will run throughout February, which has been dedicated as Self-Help Not Self-Harm awareness month following a 40 per cent increase in the number of children and young people self-harming in the county.

Selfies can be posted on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #selfhelpnotselfharm and anyone taking part should nominate three or more friends to do the same, as well as e-mailing communications@hacw.nhs.uk with the picture.

Pictures posted so far can be seen on the Trust’s Facebook page or twitter handle @Worcshealthcare.

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