Self harm conference for organisations across Gloucestershire



First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter covering Dursley, Cam, Sharpness, Slimbridge, Kingscote, Stone, Coaley, Berkeley, Uley, Woodford, North Nibley, Wotton-under-Edge, Kingswood, Stinchcombe and Cambridge

A NEW conference hopes to benefit young people in the county who are “beyond fed up”.

Organisations which offer care and support for children and young people have been invited to a conference that will address deliberate self harm in young people.

The conference, named “Beyond fed up”, will take place at Dowty Sports and Social Club in Staverton, Gloucester, on Tuesday, October 14.

The event has been jointly organised by Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Children and Young People Service, part of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

It will focus on deliberate self harm in young people and offer ways of supporting young people to build resilience and find solutions.

Those who attend the conference will learn more about self-harm and why young people sometimes use this behaviour. Participants can find out more about the support and services available locally, along with examples of good practice.

Research carried out by the University of West of England will be presented showing the trends in self-harming behaviour in school age children and the latest findings from the Gloucestershire Online Pupil Survey will also be presented.

Councillor Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people and commissioning, said: “The ‘Beyond fed up’ conference looks at how we can improve emotional health in young people and how to respond when someone is feeling vulnerable.

“Those attending will learn about the support currently available, how to access it, and how we can work together to consider extra support which could be developed.”

Dr Helen Miller is a GP and Clinical Chair at Gloucestershire CCG.

She said: “When mental health problems emerge before young people reach adulthood, we have an opportunity to help and really make a difference.

“It is important that young people know that there are people they can turn to who will understand and help.”

Invites have already been sent to local organisations working with children and young people. If your organisation supports young people and you would like to attend please call 01452 328600.

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