As Children’s Society report says 100,000 14-year-olds self-harm, one young woman tells her story

I was 12 when I first started self-harming. At my school there was a lot of bullying and harassment happening. Kids would throw my stuff out the window, pick on me for how I looked and the music I listened to. There was a lot of sexting going on within our school and I got targeted, which was very upsetting.

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In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at

In the UK, Childline can be contacted on 0800 1111.

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26 March 2019