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Issue:- 6 November  2012

Rise in the number of young people contacting ChildLine about self harm and suicide

THE number of young people seeking help from ChildLine about self-harm has soared by 68% in the last year, new figures reveal. Counsellors have also handled a 39% rise in contacts about suicide.  The dramatic increases mean there are nearly 80 counselling sessions every day about these issues, which are being driven by teenagers under increasing pressure.

The most recent figures show that last year (2011 to 2012) ChildLine volunteers in Liverpool carried out a total of 892 counselling interactions about self harming. This compares to 381 counselling interactions the previous year in 2010/2011. In Liverpool counselling interactions about suicide rose from 372 in 2010/11 to 739 in 2011/12.

ChildLine's annual report, 'Saying the Unsayable', shows that self-harm is now the fourth most common reason for children to make contact and the age of those seeking help is falling steadily.

Christine Mellor, ChildLine Area Manager for the North West, said:- "Contacts about self-harm and suicide are a growing area of concern for us. It seems the pressures facing children and young people; particularly girls;  are increasing, at such a rate that some of them see these drastic measures as the only answer to their problems. We know boys are also suffering, but they are less likely to seek help and we urge them to do so.  The reasons for self-harming can be very personal. They can be linked to problems at home, at school or because children are, or have been abused. Often young people don't know why they do it and talking through their problems can help them identify what is upsetting them.  We can always offer support and help to a child who might think they are in the darkest of places, so they can begin to turn their lives around. No matter how bad things seem it can helps to talk to someone who may be able to provide a crucial lifeline."

Nationally during 2011/2012 there were 16,264 counselling sessions about self-harm, mainly from 13 to 16 year olds. The number of counselling sessions about suicide rose to 12,260 and came mostly from 15 and 17 year olds.  The number of teenagers seeking counselling about suicide has been increasing since 2007. Last year, just under 1,000 cases; mostly girls who were referred by ChildLine to the emergency services, almost double the number for 2010/2011.

One girl, aged 14, said:- "Me and my mum don't get on at all. Mum drinks loads and she doesn't have time for me anymore. I've had vodka and I have more. I have a razor too and I think about 24 tablets in the house. I don't want to live anymore. Mum has just yelled at me, I hate it. I know she can't control her anger, but now I just want to die."

A 9 year old said:- "I feel like hurting myself because I feel scared. My dad scares me. He comes into my room every night when mum is at work. What he does to me hurts. I haven't told anyone because my dad says all dads do it. I am scared and I want it to stop."

Last year ChildLine provided over 325,000 counselling sessions, an 18% increase on the previous year. These were from children who spoke about a range of issues including being sexually or physically abused, bullied, having family problems, or a combination of these distressing issues.

'Family relationships' was the main reason children contacted ChildLine last year, with 39,683 counselling sessions followed by bullying (31,599). Physical abuse came next (17,542) followed by self-harm (16,264) and sexual abuse (15,993).

While the majority of children and young people who contact the free, 24 hour service are aged between 13 and 17, some are as young as 5. 51% of all contacts from children (where gender was known) were from girls and 20% from boys.

Peter Liver, Director of ChildLine, said:- "There have been notable changes in the problems children contact us about since ChildLine launched in 1986. Originally, sexual abuse was the major issue but now the pendulum is swinging towards family problems, self-harm, and suicide.  Introducing secure online chat facilities for young people may explain some of these changes as often people feel more comfortable discussing issues relating to depression online rather than on the phone. But this only explains so much, there is clearly a worrying trend here and we must reach out to young people. We have to remain constantly vigilant so we can respond in the right ways and continue to support as many children as possible."

Karen Potter Craven Minor JFL

Results Week Ending 2 December 2012

Under 9

Its tight at the top as Burscough went from first to fourth with no game, overtaken by Southport Yellow, Redgate Yellow and Trinity White.

Crosby Stuart 1-3 Southport FC Yellow
S&A Amateurs Blue 0-5 Trinity White
Trinity Blue 2-6 Redgate Yellow

Under 10 Wilf Jenkinson Cup
Trinity Blue 1-1 Town Green
Town Green won 3-2 on penalties

Under 11 Trisconi Cup
Formby FC Juniors 5-2 Town Green
Southport Trinity 0-2 Birkdale Black

Under 13 Tom Galvin Cup
Southport FC Juniors 1-5 Southport Trinity

Under 15 Tom Owens Cup
Sefton Rangers 2-3 Hudson Celtic

Under 15 Premiership
Burscough stretched their lead at the top with the only 3 points of the day.
Burscough 3-1 Town Green

Under 16 Adam Bell Cup
Marine 3-4 Ormskirk West End
Maghull Youth 1-1 S&A Amateurs
S&A won 5-3 on penalties
Mitch 5-3 Formby JSC Black

Under 16 League One
Trinity edged further ahead at the top in the only 16s league game played.
Southport Trinity 7-0 Colts Blue

Fixtures Week Ending 9 December 2012

Under 9

Trinity Blue v Formby JSC White
Crosby Stuart v Trinity White
S&A Amateurs Red v Southport FC Yellow
Redgate Yellow v Town Green
Birkdale United v S&A Amateurs Blue
Formby JSC Black v Southport FC Black
Burscough v Redgate White
Formby Athletic v Hesketh Colts

Under 10
Formby JSC White v Colts Red
Trinity Blue v Formby FC Juniors
Ormskirk v Town Green
S&B Rangers v Formby JSC Rangers
Redgate Black v Formby JSC Black
Colts Green v Redgate Green
Redgate Yellow v Trinity White
Colts Blue v Southport FC Juniors

Under 11 Premiership
Birkdale Black v Southport FC Juniors
Southport Trinity v Town Green

Under 11 Championship
Crosby Stuart v Hesketh Colts
S&A Amateurs v Redgate Rovers
Formby Athletic v Birkdale S

Under 12 Premiership
Billinge v Redgate Yellow
Redgate Black v Formby JSC White
Southport FC Juniors v Birkdale Black

Under 12 Championship
Birkdale Hawks v Hesketh Colts
S&A Amateurs v Formby JSC Black
Southport Trinity v Town Green

Under 13
Great Crosby v Redgate Rovers
Formby JSC v Southport Trinity
Birkdale R v Southport FC Juniors

Under 14 Premiership
Redgate Yellow v Burscough
South Sefton Borough v Southport FC Black
Great Crosby v Kirkby Woodpecker
Town Green v Birkdale United

Under 14 Championship
Jaguars Red v Real Waterloo
Hesketh Colts v Redgate Green
Burscough Green v Jaguars White
Formby JSC v Southport FC Yellow

Under 15 Premiership
Southport Trinity v Burscough
Maghull Youth v AFC Liverpool
Town Green v Birkdale United

Under 15 Championship
Birkdale Black v Redgate Rovers
Hudson Celtic v Skem Athletic
S&A Amateurs v Formby JSC

Under 16 Premiership
Formby JSC White v Formby FC Juniors
Prescot Cables v Birkdale United
Town Green v Crosby Stuart
Ormskirk West End v Crosby Youth

Under 16 Championship
Colts Red v Redgate Yellow
Marine v Burscough
Formby JSC Black v Marina Sands

Under 16 League One
Mitch v Colts Blue
Redgate Green v Southport Trinity
Myers v S&A Amateurs

Under 18
Maghull Youth v Great Crosby CPSOB
Formby JSC v Formby Dons
Birkdale United v Jaguars

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