Breaking Silence

Breaking Silence is currently funded by BBC Children in Need. The project provides personalised Counselling & Creative Therapeutic Support to children, young people and their families affected by self-harm in Sandwell and aims to promote recovery and encourage safe alternative methods for coping.

Sandwell has one of the highest rates of self-harm in the UK and Breaking Silence aims to tackle this issue through the provision of bespoke one to one counselling and creative therapies, group activities, awareness raising workshops and training.

Self-harm is a symptom of psychological distress which is an indicator that the child or young person is struggling to cope with their experiences. It is often deployed as a coping strategy and way of expressing overwhelming emotional distress and anxiety.

Breaking Silence is primarily a self-referral service, although we take referrals from other organisations and agencies where the young person has given their consent to be referred.

The project offers self-harm awareness workshops for parents, carers and professionals. These workshops help to improve parents/carers/professionals understanding and knowledge of self-harm and provides them with positive ways to help support their children and young people.

Don’t just take our word for it… this is what BBC Children in Need had to say:

“Thank you for completing your end of year 2nd report on the wonderful work you are doing with children and young dealing with self-harm issues in Sandwell.
The report was rated good with some outstanding elements around monitoring and evidence of your Differences. This report shows that you have a very clear understanding of the issues and challenges the young people that use your services face as-well-as the best ways to work with them so that they achieve their Differences and are able to reduce in self-harming instances.”
(BBC Children in Need Grant Officer)

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