Well not if you are a teenager as the latest figures on self harming are released by a leading charity.
The children’s charity NSPCC says nearly 19,000 children were admitted to hospital after harming themselves last year – a 14% rise over three years.
One school we know of, use to have two staff to cover all incidents of safeguarding including self harming. Now they have eight staff and anyone can deal with the issue of self harming. Schools are struggling to cope and sadly the situation will only get worse, yet we know why this is happening.
1. Schools focusing on the academic and not looking after the
personal development of young people.
2. The sexualisation of young people in the media.
3. Social network sites.
4. Peer pressure to ‘look good’
5. Parents / carers not doing enough to guide and support their loved ones.
Do we really have to believe in Father Christmas, in the hope that the situation will improve?
Wishing you all a safe and secure Christmas and a caring New Year from My name is Tom.