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How to spot the signs of self harm in a young person and handle the situation

Nursing students at the University of Leeds looked into the issue of self-harm as part their studies on the mental health of children and young people

Nursing students at the University of Leeds looked into the issue of self-harm as part of their studies on the mental health of children and young people

Self-harm and the issue of young people's mental health was the focus of a workshop involving children's nursing students and mental health nursing students at the University of Leeds. During the study day the students designed a poster looking at what signs to look out for, how to interact with young people experiencing self-harm and what not to do. This poster, titled Help Break the Cycle, won a competition which was judged by a young adult with experience of mental healthcare services and a retired mental health nurse.

Aim

The remit of the poster was to raise awareness of young people’s

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