Self-harm awareness

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
It's good to talk: An image from the YoungMinds resource advising school staff on how to have conversations about self-harm

Eighty-four per cent of secondary school teachers have taught a student who they believe is self-harming, according to YoungMinds research published on Self-Harm Awareness Day last week (Friday, March 1).

To mark the event, YoungMinds highlighted the support it offers for teachers and school staff to help them identify and respond to self-harm. Teachers are often the first point of call for students who need mental health support, but have limited training on how to respond.

The YoungMinds resources include: a video about self-harm, advice for having a conversation about self-harm (an image from this resource is shown above), information from young people who have experience of self-harm, and a guide for how to help a young person who is self-harming.

YoungMinds also offers training courses for teachers, while its 360° Schools’ Community offers advice and support about wellbeing and mental health. More than 6,000 teachers and school staff have signed up to the community.

For the education resources, visit

For details on the 360° Schools’ Community, see


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