(UK) Surrey: Hundreds of kids self-harming; numbers have doubled

Jan 3, 2018, (UK) Get Surrey: Surrey parents warned as school pressures see hundreds of youngsters resort to self harm Parents in Surrey are being urged to check in with their children more regularly during term-time as school pressures are making hundreds of youngsters resort to self harm. Emerge Advocacy is offering advice to parents, as it is concerned about the high rate of self harm cases involving children, which have been recorded at Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. Between 2010 and 2016, staff at the hospital's accident and emergency department dealt with more than 5,300 of these distressing cases. … She added: "The number of young people we were working with doubled in September. "It was quite a startling increase and that continued into October and November. … In return, representatives from Maury County Public Schools have been assisting the state in helping other school district’s across Tennessee prepare to implement the new policy. “It’s all about resource management,” Killen told The Daily Herald in October. “We have got counselors who are trained to counsel, and we have never been able to fully utilize that capacity. We are using the resources we have for the best of our students.” Killen said the increased focus has seen a jump in school attendance in Maury County, a victory in a statewide battle against chronic absenteeism. “We want to hone in on our students’ needs and make sure we know what we need to be more effective,” Killen said. “We are more focused. We now have more mental health professionals in our schools. They were always there, but now they are more accessible.” Chester County Public Schools, Collierville Schools and Metro Nashville Public Schools have also partnered with the state to implement the changes this year. Killen said the efforts all go back to the school district’s Seven Keys to College and Career Readiness and its mission to prepare students for life after graduation. “If our students feel safer in school, if they are able to deal with whatever mental health issues they may have and work on their interpersonal skills, they will be able to focus more,” Killen said. “If their mind is somewhere else, they are going to learn nothing. This allows them to really be present in the classroom.”