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(UK) Suffolk parents form self-harm support group; 14% of kids affected

Mar 2, 2019, Ipswich Star: How do I stop my child from self-harming? https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/suffolk-mind-huddlup-self-harm-in-children-and-young-people-1-5914511 To discover that your child might be self-harming is one of the most heartbreaking and difficult things to deal with as a parent. But now mums and dads have been given advice on how to support children at risk of self-harming - and discourage them from doing so. The “HuddlUps” session - designed to give parents support on mental health issues affecting young people today - was held just a couple of days after a Healthwatch Suffolk report revealed the extent to which young people in the county are regrettably resorting to self-harm. In the research, 14% of the 14,000 secondary school respondents said they had self-harmed or are currently self-harming. The shocking findings led to calls for mental health to be given a greater priority at schools…. What is the main cause? Speaking at the event at Ipswich’s Quay Place on Friday, March 1, Suffolk Mind head of education Ezra Hewing said focusing on “unmet emotional needs” was key to stopping self-harm. “Self-harm is a way of responding to stress, which gives a person temporary relief,” he said. “Stress or distress are nature’s way of telling us that key emotional needs are not being met in someone’s life.”…