Yesterday a representative of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project team attended, by invitation from Peter Wanless, the NSPCC/ Childline roundtable on suicide and self harm.
In 2012/2013 Childline counselling sessions with young people feeling suicidal rose 33% (the 3rd year running in which a rise has been reported), whilst self harm was mentioned in almost 47,000 counselling sessions ( 41% year on year increase) .
Childline are currently working on a report which will examine further suicide and self harm amongst young people, considering what can lead young people to self harm or feel suicidal, and therefore making recommendations of how to best support individuals affected.
Professionals from many services across the country attended to discuss how we can better understand and share, what young people are telling us, what needs to be done by those in a position to better protect children and therefore achieving this in a collaborative way.
This meeting was the beginning of the process of collecting the views of experts in the field, to feed into the report and consider how we can work collaboratively to secure better support for young people.