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Hull Samaritans Response to Report on Self Harm and Young People

The Princes Trust, a leading charity working with young people all over the UK today reported that there is a strong link between educational outcomes and self harm.
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The charity says that their survey of over 2,000 people aged between 16-25 revealed a shocking statistic; 1 in 5 self harmed by methods such as cutting or burning themselves. But amongst those with less than 5 GCSEs the figure jumped to 1 in three.

Hull Samaritans answered over 8,000 calls in 2013 from local people in despair, and this includes young people who are self harming.

Elizabeth is 25 and a volunteer at the Hull Samaritans Branch. “Young people can find themselves under immense stress for a whole variety of reasons including worries over exams and coursework. They may feel this pressure will only increase if they reveal that they self harm to family or health professionals. Samaritans provides a safe, non judgemental and above all confidential space for people of all ages to explore these emotions without someone telling them what to do or how to feel”.

Anne Smith is Director of the Samaritans in Hull and points out that, “although self harm does not necessarily lead people to take their own lives, recent figures from the Office of National Statistics mean that we as a society need to take the issue of suicide seriously, especially amongst our young people”.

Suicide is the biggest single killer of under-35s in the UK

Nearly four people aged between 15 and 34 kill themselves every day

In the UK three times as many men kill themselves compared to women.

Samaritans in Hull provide a listening ear for everyone in the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can be contacted by phone 01482 323456 by email jo@samaritans.org or via text 07725 90 90 90.

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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