Suicide & Self-harm

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK. Every year many young people attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

Any child or young person who self-harms or expresses thoughts about self-harm or suicide must be taken seriously and appropriate help and intervention should be offered at the earliest point.

Suicidal thoughts

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, see here for further information on their work. PAPYRUS have produced a range of useful resources including Building Suicide-Safer Schools and Colleges: A guide for teachers and staff

Help is at Hand guide

Seesaw – grief support for children and young people in Oxfordshire

Seesaw Schools Pack: A guide to supporting pupils through bereavement

Oxford Samaritans – Call free, day or night, 365 days a year on 116123

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Join the campaign to take a stand against male suicide and get the tools you need for action

Oxfordshire Cruse – bereavement support for adults in Oxfordshire

HM Government: Cross-Government Suicide Prevention Workplan

GOV.UK: Suicide prevention strategy for England, including the following;

Self Harm

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust: Self Harm Guidelines

Self-harm networks Oxfordshire

Self-harm networks operate in the North, Central and South areas of the County and meet 3 times per year. The networks are chaired by the Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS) and the steering group includes Anne Peake – Educational Psychologist, LCSS, OSCB and Public Health.

Aims of the steering group:

  • To ensure multi-agency representation at all meetings
  • Increase attendance from Education especially in the Central and South areas of the County
  • Collect data at a community level through Education across the County

The steering group has produced an infographic containing data on Self-Harm in Children and Young People in England and Guidance on Information Sharing, see the document here. The infographic is shared with all delegates attending the OSCB Generalist Safeguarding training.

For further information please contact LCSS:

Name Contact
LCSS North Tel: 0345 2412703
LCSS Central Tel: 0345 2412705
LCSS South Tel: 0345 2412608

No Harm Done: Recognising and responding to self-harm – Next steps for staff working with young people

No Harm Done: Things Can Change – Information and help for young people worried about self-harm

University of Oxford: Coping with Self Harm booklet for parents

Young Minds – information for young people and parents

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust: Young people who self-harm: A Guide for School Staff

NICE guidance on Self-harm in over 8’s