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(UK) BBC: Epidemic of self-harm among youth in Britain; more counselors needed

Nov 16, 2017, BBC News: School counsellors needed to tackle self-harm 'epidemic', minister told http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42011102 All young people in the UK should have access to school counsellors to tackle an "epidemic" in self-harm, the government has been been told. Baroness Walmsley said the problem was worse among young women and girls. But instead of hiring more counsellors, who could offer free and non-judgemental support, schools were having to sack them to save money. … It has already promised £1.4bn for mental health services for children and young people up to 2020.... Baroness Walmsley said: "School counsellors can be a very valuable resource in helping to tackle this terrible epidemic of emotional distress amongst young people, because they are non-stigmatising and easily accessible." She highlighted research that showed a 68% increase in young girls being treated in hospital for self-harm injuries. The Liberal Democrat peer called for the government to guarantee a counsellor for every state secondary school by 2022. Health Minister Lord O'Shaughnessy said the government was funding "mental health first aid training" in 1,000 schools, adding "the ambition is to grow that to all secondary schools". …