Self-harming is to inflict pain on yourself in some way, and is usually a sign that something else is wrong. You may be anxious, depressed or stressed, and feel things are building up so much you need some kind of ‘release’ and use self-harm as a way to cope with your problems, to try and gain control of the issues worrying you, or of punishing yourself.
Approximately 10% of young people have self-harmed, and 25,000 children and young people are admitted to hospital each year due to the severity of their injuries, so if you are self-harming, you are not alone, and help is available.
Many young people self-harm privately away from other people and do not want to talk to other people about it, sometimes for fear of how people will react, thinking that they might not understand.
YPAS provides weekly support groups that for approx 6 weeks. The aim of the support groups is to help you make sense of your self-harming with other young people who self-harm too.
The groups take place in a confidential space at YPAS’s city centre premises that allows you to feel safe and comfortable amongst your group members. The self-harm support groups also encourage Peer Support, whereby all of the group members (maximum of 10) support each other.
What do we understand about self-harm?
We see it as a way of coping with any difficulties and distress a young person maybe experiencing in their lives.
What is the support group about?
The group aims to bring young people together to share and explore their self-harming in a safe supportive environment. It also aims to enable you to gain a greater understanding of your self-harming and how past experiences and feelings are linked to it.
How do I get involved?
You can contact us yourself or you can ask someone else to do it for you; a parent, teacher, mentor, carer, key worker, partner or friend.
What will happen next?
You will be invited to YPAS to meet one of the team who will assess your needs and give you more information about the support group. Remember this is a voluntary relationship, so it’s important that you only access the support group if you want to.