More Teens Self Harming in Norfolk
8:47am 23rd October 2014
Norfolk County Council wants to cut the number of children ending up in A&E having self harmed.
A draft report looking at how to improve, recognise and help with mental health problems in young people has been considered by councillors.
Anxiety, relationship problems, and self harm are rising nationally in children and young people.
Christopher Butwright wrote the report...
“There is an increase in Norfolk and nationally, and it’s important to stress that it’s a national trend, in the number of children that are presenting at Accident and Emergency as a result of self harm.
“There are particular pressures and strains that are there as part of life. Some children and young people experience that to a greater degree. However there are some that, because of positive relationships and good experiences, are able to be more resilient.”
Here are their top signs to look out for:
Physical signs of self-harm
These are commonly on the head, wrists, arms, thighs and chest and include:
- bald patches from pulling out hair
Young people who self-harm are also very likely to keep themselves covered up in long-sleeved clothes even when it's really hot.
Emotional signs of self-harm
The emotional signs are harder to spot and don't necessarily mean that a young person is self-harming. But if you see any of these as well as any of the physical signs then there may be cause for concern.
- depression, tearfulness and low motivation
- unusual eating habits; sudden weight loss or gain
- low self-esteem and self-blame
- drinking or taking drugs