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Self harm

The Derbyshire Youth Council recognise that young people need help with their emotional health and wellbeing and have produced a short video clip to support young people who may self-harm, which has been commissioned by the Derbyshire Public Health Department.

The Derbyshire Youth Council have researched what help is available for young people. For more information about self harm and support you can contact:

  • Harmless - a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends and families
  • Young Minds - a national charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people
  • Support line - confidential emotional support for children, young adults and adults.

Any difficult experience can cause someone to self-harm. Common causes include:

  • pressures at school or work
  • bullying
  • money worries
  • sexual, physical or emotional abuse
  • bereavement
  • confusion about your sexuality
  • breakdown of relationships
  • an illness or health problem
  • difficult feelings, such as depression, anxiety, anger or numbness, experienced as part of a mental health problem.

There are no fixed rules about why people self-harm. For some people, it can be linked to specific experiences, and be a way of dealing with something that is happening now, or that happened in the past. For others, it is less clear. If you don't understand the reasons for your self-harm, it's important to remind yourself that this is OK, and you don't need to know this in order to ask for help.