Young People's views of engaging with school staff about self-harming behaviour

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Closes 29 Oct 2020

Please share with us your views and experiences

Look through these questions and reflect on your own experiences. You do not have to answer anything you do not want to, or that isn't appropriate for you. Just skip that question and move on to the next. You can write as much or as little as you want and all responses will be held in strictest confidence.

If you find answering some of the questions upsetting and you need someone to talk to, you can contact the Sussex mental healthline 24/7 for free on 0300 500 101, or visit the E-Wellbeing digital service website here: e-wellbeing.co.uk

1. Have you had any positive experiences of when you told a school staff member about your self-harming? Could you tell us what happened and how that made you feel?
2. Have you had any negative experiences of when you told a school staff member about your self-harming? Could you tell us what happened and how that made you feel?
3. Have you ever experienced stigma or bullying in your school/educational setting because of your self-harming?
4. What do you think is important about body language when people are talking to you?
5. When speaking with school staff...
6. If you could go back and say one thing to the teacher/member of staff that helped you the most what would it be?
7. Are there any coping strategies you found useful or know others might find useful?
8. What does progress in your recovery look like to you? How would you describe the difference in you feel?
9. Are there any 'Top Tips' you may have for how school staff can support young people who engage in self-harming behaviour
10. Do you have any other comments for educational professionals supporting children who self harm that you would like to share with us?
11. So we can better understand your experiences, can you please tell us what type of school you attend?