Slough Safeguarding Children

Mental Health and Self Harm

Mental health includes how we feel about ourselves and those around us. Being mentally healthy includes the strength to overcome difficulties and challenges in our life and have the confidence and self-esteem to be able to make decisions and believe in ourselves. 

It is normal to become worried, anxious, upset or down when things don't go the way you want them to.  These feelings could be about friendships, school work, exams, finding work, or anything else in day to day life.  

Sometimes worries, anxieties and difficult feelings can seriously interfere with things such as having fun, studying, attending school, eating, sleeping or being physically active.  If this goes on for more than a couple of weeks, it could be a sign that help is needed.

Self harm is when you hurt yourself on purpose. You usually do it because something else feels wrong. It seems like the only way to let those feelings out. you self-harm it is usually as a result of another problem. It can happen if you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or bullied and feel you don’t have any other way of dealing with these issues. Young Minds has some advice on what you can do to get help.

Getting help

It is important to let other people know how you feel.  Don't be put off seeking help with mental health problems because you might be worried what people may think. It is important to get help as soon as possible before things become more serious.

Support, advice and treatment is available in many forms.  A visit to your GP is a good place to start.  Talking to someone you trust such as a friend, sibling, parent/carer, youth worker, or teacher is also important.  If you don't know who to turn to, or want to speak to someone that doesn't know you, the following organisations are here to help:

There are lots of on-line resources which provide mental health information for young people. These include:

  • Papyrus is an organisation that gives young people hope and prevents suicide. See their flyer or visit their website.
  • Young Minds is the leading charity championing children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing across the UK.

Useful Links

Call First Contact on 01753 690450 if you are concerned about a child.

Everyone has a duty to keep children safe. If you have concerns about a child's welfare or suspect that a child is being neglected or abused, report it.