Self-harm

What is Self Harm? Self Harm, as defined in the National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidelines (2004), is an: “expression of personal distress, usually made in private, by an individual who hurts him or herself”. Self Harm behaviours can include: Scratching or picking skin Cutting body Tying something around body Inserting things into body Scouring/scrubbing body excessively Hitting, punching self (punching walls etc.) Pulling out hair Over/under eating Why do some young people self-harm? During adolescents young people may encounter particularly painful emotional events. They…

Relational Aggression (girl bullying)

Relational aggression is a fairly new title for an age old problem that is sometimes referred to as emotional bullying or the mean girl phenomenon.  Have you seen the film Mean Girls?  This film gives some great examples of relational aggression and although very funny as a film if you are a victim of relational aggression it can feel far from amusing.  This kind of emotional bullying is  just as painful as physical bullying and can have far reaching effects on many aspects of a young persons life. In general,…