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Epidemic of self-harm grips pupils


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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Epidemic of self-harm grips pupils (Guardian)

Not the headline I would personally have chosen: ‘Grip’ as a verb doesn’t sit well with the idea of self harm to my mind.

The content of the article, though, certainly gives cause for concern.

Some studies estimate that as many as one in 10 children will harm themselves at some point and anecdotal evidence suggests the problem is increasing.

I think we urgently need to investigate where we, as a society, are going so badly wrong that our children are harming themselves on a massive scale. I personally find this more concerning than the idea of children hurting each other, especially when the size of the problem is brough into focus. I know that many of my medical colleagues would disagree, I don’t think antidepressents are the answer, and they clearly cannot be a long term solution. We need to address the root cause of the problem, not the symptoms.

Perhaps this particularly harrowing quote gives us some indication of where the problem may lie:

In one case, a child of mixed race kept scratching his skin to ‘make himself white’.

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