Self-injury (or self-harm) Awareness Day (SIAD) takes place on 1st March every year. The event aims to reduce stigma surrounding self-harm and let those who self-harm know there is help and support out there so they do not suffer in silence. This is an opportunity to explore the role we all play in helping to young people and families affected by this issue.
In support of SIAD, the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) will be launching on 1st March a campaign to help parents, carers and professionals understand what self-harm is and what support is available.
There is evidence that self-harming is affecting an increasing number of children and at a younger age than ever before. It is concerning that so many young people are using self-harm as a way to deal with difficulties and that many are suffering in silence. It is important for young people to receive support and have somebody to talk to. Unfortunately many young people don’t know where to go for help. Through this campaign we aim to make them aware that there is help available, that they can access a range of resources online or contact local and national agencies to receive the support they need. That’s why we are supporting Self Injury Awareness Day and we urge everyone to do the same
As part of this campaign we have developed an information and advice hub, hosted on the GSCB website here. This online information hub provides links to relevant resources aimed at: children and young people; parents and carers; professionals and volunteers. Please note this resource is being updated at the moment and it will go live on 1st of March.