‘Steep rise’ in teenage self harm
I’ve started to notice a lot on the news recently about the steep rise in teenagers self harming. I really just wanted to know what your views on this are. As many as 1 in 10 teens are now self harming but why is this happening? .
I feel like the main causes, although there are bound to be others are social media, bullying and stress overload. It’s used to help with coping in difficult and overwhelming situations and obviously the stress teens are under now to do well in exams plays a huge part in their mental health. I think more money should be allocated to mental health services like CAMHS because they are lacking in funding and the money that’s now given has significantly dropped to how it used to be. The connection schools have with mental health services and school nurses has definitely changed as I know from personal experience. I think schools should have easier access to someone they can get advice from like mental health professionals. In some way, exams and stress need to be given more thought into how they could be improved as the whole exam season always strikes a lot of problems with teen mental health. I feel like there’s a lot of waiting on waiting lists for mental health clinics and actual support but not a huge amount of support while your waiting so maybe that should be looked into but with more funding and less missed appointments these wait times could be reduced. I think the services that you can get referred to are amazing but it’s unfair that they’re lacking in funding when physical health and mental health are both just as important. I did struggle with wait times and for a little while I was left with no one to turn to so that’s why I think maybe more should be done during wait times. These mental health services are under so much pressure with the rise of mental health and it’s an issue very close to my heart.
What i’m Interested to know is:
What do you think the reasons for this are?
What do you think should be done about this?
Is there enough support for teens out there?
Do you feel like mental health and physical health are both just as important?
Did you feel supported through your mental health problems?
Comment any opinions, questions etc.
I look forward to reading your responses on this issue