National statistics speak of the rise in self harm amongst both boys and girls and we know that our students, being the high achieving girls that they are, are particularly vulnerable to this.
We work hard, in conjunction with both the school counsellor and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) to support students who self harm, in order to reduce the combination of circumstances which will be contributing to their desire to self-harm and to find alternative ways for them to cope.
We feel that an open and honest dialogue between staff, students and their parents is the best way to deal with this issue at school. The students are asked to be aware of the impact that their behaviour can have on the others around them and for that reason we will often ask them to cover up evidence of cutting with sleeves or tubular bandages which are available at reception.
Useful websites and organisations:
|Explains self-harm, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.|
|information about self-harm, especially for students and young people, with lots of links to organisations who can help.|
|information about self-harm, especially for parents and carers, with lots of links to organisations who can help.|
|is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm.|
|provides a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.|