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Report reveals a rise in self-harm cases in area

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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A REPORT into mental health provision for young people across East Staffordshire has revealed that there has been an increase in the number of people receiving help after self-harming.

The adult social care team at Staffordshire County Council said the amount of referrals had increased across the board in 2012/13, and that there had been a significant rise in self-harming cases.

The figure has not been given in the report, but Roger Graham, who penned the document, said it included youngsters whose harming had been so severe it had required hospital treatment.

He added: “This trend is somewhat reflected nationally.”

There had also been an increase in the amount of people accessing services that are required for more complex problems, which Mr Graham said were usually caused by ‘very complex social circumstances’.

The news comes just days after a report by the Prince’s Trust revealed that one in 10 young people in the UK felt they had ‘nothing to live for’, with many saying they had at some point felt suicidal.

One in four young people who were not in employment, education or training said they had self-harmed.

The charity put the issue down to a lack of prospects, and made an urgent call for more to be done to boost opportunities for young people.

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince’s Trust, said: “Unemployment is proven to cause devastating, long-lasting mental health problems among young people.”

The report has been published by Staffordshire County Council ahead of a meeting of the Healthy Staffordshire select committee on Monday, January 13.

It was also due to be discussed at a meeting of an East Staffordshire Borough Council committee after members requested information about work taking place within the area to develop provision for young people with mental health problems.

Mr Graham said: “Progress is being made in developing a comprehensive service with an orientation towards early intervention and intensive support for children and young people with complex problems.

“The strategy will clarify the future direction of services.”

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