22nd Mar 2013
Web Support for Self-Harm
An active volunteer from Bristol, who self-harmed during her teens, is creating a website to offer support to other young people who may be self-harming.
Imogen Smith (22) has not self-harmed for four years, and believes her family and friends have played a valuable part in her recovery.
But she is concerned that many young people hide the issues they are experiencing from others. She feels many young people do not understand how to seek help for self-harm, and many adults cannot spot the signs of self-harm.
‘Self-harming brings with it such immense feelings of loneliness,’ explains Imogen.
‘It does not help when there are so many negative stereotypes of self-harm, which often lead to bullying and isolation from others.’
Imogen - who volunteers with Anorexia Bulimia Care (ABC) to help young people with mental health issues - is creating a website which will not only offer advice to young people who may be self-harming, but to their parents, friends, and anyone else who could support them.
‘Self-harm is very misunderstood, but that is because people do not really know where to go for help or to talk about it.
‘I believe that through awareness and understanding, self-harm will cease to be an unspoken issue. It affects so many people's lives. It is time we all became wiser to this issue.’
Imogen’s website is currently in the production stages.