The Truth About Self Harm

New research shows that 1 in 12 young people have self-harmed in the UK, which equates to at least two children in every school classroom. Yet little information about self harm is available for professionals who regularly come into contact with young people.

About the Booklet

The UK charity the Mental Health Foundation has let us know that a new information booklet called The truth about self harm is being published for those who may like to know more, including what self harm is, why young people do it, and what type of help is available. The booklet offers practical advice to young people and useful information for professionals. All of the information in the booklet has been provided by young people who have self-harmed, and those who work with or care about them.

A number of circumstances can lead a young person to begin self-harming, such as not getting on with parents, anxiety about academic performance, parental divorce, bereavement, unwanted pregnancy, experience of sexual, physical or emotional abuse in earlier childhood, and difficulties associated with sexuality.

For a free copy of ‘The truth about self harm’ — which will be available to the public from Thursday 6 July — visit or, telephone 020 7803 1100 or email

The booklet has been published by the National Inquiry into Self Harm, jointly run by two charities, the Camelot Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation.

About the Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation uses research and practical projects to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. We work to influence policy, including government at the highest levels. And we use our knowledge to raise awareness and to help tackle the stigma attached to mental illness. We reach millions of people every year through our media work, information booklets and online services.

About the Camelot Foundation

The Camelot Foundation is one of the UK’s most imaginative grant making foundations. With an annual donation of £2 million from Camelot Group plc, the Foundation works to support marginalised young people across the UK. Using a combination of grant giving and direct programme development, the Foundation aims to make a real difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged young people and to show that they have a positive role to play in shaping their own futures and the future of their communities.

About the Chair of the Inquiry

Catherine McLoughlin CBE is chairing the two-year Inquiry. Catherine currently holds a number of chairmanships including Chair of the Nurses’ Welfare Service and Deputy Chair to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Practitioners’ Panel).

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