Suicide is a difficult topic and one that hopefully never crosses your mind.
The reality, however, is that it does cross the minds of many young people, including schoolchildren. In fact, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people and in children the numbers are alarmingly high. Over 200 schoolchildren are lost to suicide every year in the UK.
Cheshire and Merseyside CHAMPS (Public Health Collaborative) have a website with useful information and resources. Their aspiration is for Cheshire and Merseyside to be a region where all suicides are prevented, where people do not consider suicide as a solution to the difficulties they face and where people have hope for the future. Suicide Prevention | Champs Public Health Collaborative
See Cheshire & Merseyside CHAMPS Suicide Prevention Strategy 2022-2027
CHESHIRE & MERSEYSIDE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS SELF-HARM PRACTICE GUIDE (click to download)
This guidance will support practitioners to keep children safe by outlining:
- What self harm is
- The triggers for self harm
- How to support children and young people who self-harm
Self Injurious Behaviour in Children with Intellectual Disability have produced a briefing and factsheet to help parents and carers of children with an intellectual disability to understand what self-injury is, what the causes are and which interventions are effective. Download a copy HERE