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Step Up! International, Focus on Self Harming Behaviour Support for Children and Young People at 2013 Conference

Birmingham, United Kingdom, June 26, 2013 --( Following the success of the 2012 Step Up! International Self Harm National Conference, plans have been announced for this year’s conference to be held in Manchester, 01 November 2013. The theme for this year will be Cutting It Out, Now! with emphasis on self harming behaviour with children, young people and adults.

Self harm is an increasing problem in the UK and across the globe, especially with young people. “It appears that the number of young people, including children who are at risk with self harm or think about suicide has risen. Research shows that at least 45% of young people have suicidal thoughts. What we don’t know are the actual figures of self injury because self injury is generally a private act. The trend however, is a frightening one,” Managing Director of Step Up! International, Jennifer McLeod said.

The goal of this year’s conference will centre on enabling professionals to provide relevant and/or appropriate support to children and young people who are at risk of self harm. An array of expert speakers have been invited to participate in this year’s conference, including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NICE, who will be providing valuable insights for professionals regarding the prevalence of self harm and long term prevention strategies.

“We will also be covering implications and impact of on-going self harm, circumventing situations and circumstances leading to self harm behaviour. Speakers will be working with professionals at the conference on what they do to support children and young people who self injure,” McLeod stated.

The conference is designed for all services that work with children and young people, including the education sector, police and probation services, youth offending teams and health therapists.

For further information and updates on the 2013 Manchester, Step Up! International Self Harm National Conference, visit
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