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Are you worried about a friend? Poster for schools

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We worked with a group of young people in Hertfordshire to design this poster. Why not print it out for your classroom noticeboard or discussion?

Are you worried about a friend?

1. Listen - Listen to your friend. This might seem obvious but it will have taken a lot of courage for them to come to you. Don’t push them but let them just talk and share what they feel ready to.

Talking about self-harm

Self-harm is behaviour that is done deliberately to harm oneself. At least 10% of adolescents report having self-harmed.

A free, downloadable guide for parents and carers who have discovered a young person's self-harm, called Coping with self-harm: A guide for parents and carers is available here.

It provides information for parents and families about self-harm, its causes and effects.

When to seek professional help

There is a difference between feeling a bit low from time to time and a serious emotional health problem. If your child is feeling unhappy and low for a prolonged period of time, it's time to seek more professional help.

Any professional working with children and young people should know what to do. For example, if you approach a teacher for help, the teacher might deal with the problem with the help of a school counsellor or welfare worker. 

What help is there?

Early help

If you’re worried, any professional working with children and young people should know what to do. For example, if you approach a teacher for help, the teacher might deal with the problem with the help of a school counsellor or welfare worker.

You can visit your GP or go online for information about emotional and mental health. There’s lots of information for parents, carers and children and young people on the YoungMinds website.

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