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Self Harm: 22.05.17 4.30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 22nd May 2017.

Self harming or know someone who is? Want to seek help and support and ways to stop? Join us online on Monday 22nd May 4.30-5pm to talk to a mental health nurse to seek advice and support.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 22 May 16:24

We are going to open up todays chat on self harm in 5 minutes we are looking forward to chatting with you

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 22 May 16:32

Self-harm is behaviour such as scratching/cuttings/swallowing objects
overdose head banging or punching walls.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 22 May 16:35

People self-harm for many reasons at different times in their lives it could be a need to escape an unbearable situation or to manage difficult emotional pain or reduce stress

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 22 May 16:44

self-harm is more common than most people think
some of the things that might trigger self-harm include
family relationship difficulties
Friendships problems
Trauma e.g. bereavement or abuse
Self-harm behaviour of others/ media
problems at school or with the police
Pressures from others
Exam pressure
Times of change e.g parents splitting up

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 22 May 16:48

So what can we do to support someone who is self-harming?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 22 May 16:57

Find a safe person to talk to who you can trust about your feelings (family member, friend, school nurse.....)
call or email and a helpline such as
childline, Samaritans young minds
other ideas include
Writing/drawing about your feelings if you prefer
Listening to music
walk/ exercise run
Be around positive people
Keep a diary
Hitting a pillow or soft object
watch a film

There is a good free app called calm harm which offers lots of support ideas

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 22 May 16:59

The web chat will be closing in a few minutes, does anyone have any thoughts or questions that they would like to share?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 22 May 17:03

The web chat will be closing now please remember

We all have the right to feel safe all of the time
There is nothing to awful or small that we cant share with someone.

Take good care, be happy, stay safe!! :)

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Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens Self Harm section or:

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your school nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.


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