Self-harm: boys do it too…

Self-harm: boys do it too…

Anyone working with troubled young people for long enough will encounter self-harm. But, like anything that we think we know about, we need to challenge our own presumptions. Get the audio versions of later posts on ‘Jonny 24/7’ – here… What...

In prison and in distress…

Custody is a tough place to be. I guess some sections of the public may think that’s a good thing. After all, prison is about punishment, right? Mmm. A recent inspection report into Eastwood Park prison near Bristol highlighted the issue of self-harm. So may be...

Youth suicide: risk & protective factors…

Current suicide rates for the 15-24 age group is currently running at around 8% in the UK (per 100,000). In 2011 (latest figures) The Samaritans took over 600,000 calls from people expressing suicidal feelings. Not wishing to alarm anyone, but I’ve been there...
Self-harm 1: 2400 kids can’t be wrong…

Self-harm 1: 2400 kids can’t be wrong…

I’ve long since lost count of the number of young people I’ve encountered who harm themselves deliberately. Lots of kids self-harm. Research suggests as many as 1 in 12. It’s something you remain acutely concerned about, but begin to think of...