Why we campaign
Many young people self-harm at some point in their lives, but stigma and misconceptions can make it hard to reach out for support.
We want to spread the message that, if you’re self-harming, it’s okay to talk about how you’re feeling and to look for help. And we want to provide and advice to friends, parents and teachers so that they know how to provide the right support.
Every year on Self-Harm Awareness Day we work with The Mix and selfharmUK to tackle stigma about self-harm, and to ensure people can get support.
Together we have:
- Published a poll showing that 75% of young people know someone who self-harms, and shared tips on how best to provide support.
- Shared tips and advice with parents, based on surveys which showed how different the attitudes of young people and parents can be.
- Carried out research into how and why young men self-harm, and the misunderstandings that often surround this.
- Produced videos and advice packs on self-harm, aimed at young people, parents and professionals.