Alien Word

This month, we're all about respect and consent.  Shaniqua has shared a poem that fits in with the themes and help to get our conversations started. Extracted from your vocabulary, a simple word powerful in execution, a word you should have learnt to use – Control – having power to influence or determine your behaviour. … Continue reading Alien Word

Cutting Love

He waited until she was vulnerable. Delicate as gossamer, she lounged alone, droplets decorating her face. Perching next to her, he stroked the trickling dew from her eyes, carving out his introduction. She’d heard his name, vaguely glimpsed him Occasionally he cut into her thoughts. Never did she consider he’d ever incise his way into … Continue reading Cutting Love

Self Harm: Tasha’s Story

Tasha* started self-harming when she was about 15-years-old, as she took a key to her lower arm and created a short scratch.  She doesn't remember exactly what triggered it, but she remembers having feelings of anger and a desire to see a scar - "I wanted to see if I had the ability to make … Continue reading Self Harm: Tasha’s Story

Why are there more girls self-harming than boys?

When looking into self-harm, what stuck with me most was that the number of girls self-harming is significantly higher than the number of boys.  It really got me thinking and all I wanted to understand was why?  Does it have something to do with a female's inability to deal with stress, or their desire to … Continue reading Why are there more girls self-harming than boys?

The Self-Harm Issue

A couple of months ago, I read an article on The Guardian website about self-harm and I was shocked to the core about how commonplace it is among young people.  Self-harm really is more common than we think and it is becoming more prevalent. According to a World Health Organisation collaborative study, the last decade … Continue reading The Self-Harm Issue