NCH puts research into self-harm on dedicated web site

NCH is launching a web site to promote its new study into self-harm that has been released to coincide with the Government's spending review.

The site (www.nch.org.uk/selfharm) is primarily aimed at people such as teachers and carers who may come into contact with children who self-harm. It provides information on the reasons why young people damage themselves and offers advice on how to approach potential self-harmers.

The charity released the study to raise awareness of the issues of mental health problems in the young.

"Not enough is done to address this very serious issue,

said a spokesman for NCH. "This is the first qualitative research that has been done on the issue of self-harm, and we're looking into possibly linking up with other organisations to try and push this issue forward."

NCH conducted the research with Coventry University. Part of the research revealed that one in three people who attended a NCH scheme said that an incident of self-harm had occurred at the project in the past three months.

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