Kids on the Edge: Troubled Girls
Self-harm and suicide are major public health
problems for teenagers – rates of self-harm are high in the teenage years and
suicide is the second most common cause of death in young people worldwide. Although boys are by no means immune, one in
three UK teenage girls is now said to report symptoms of anxiety or depression.
A&Es describe a surge in teenagers who seek treatment for their self-harming
injuries, and they are predominantly girls.
Demi, 17 years old, has been admitted twice to psychiatric inpatient units after attempts to take her life. She is desperate not to go back. This episode follows Demi as she goes into another crisis and is given intensive support in the community by clinicians, hoping to keep her safe and out of hospital.
The episode also follows Maisie, aged 15, who has been in and out of inpatient units since she was 12. She has been diagnosed with a range of mental health conditions and harms herself. She and her mother are at breaking point. They have come to the Tavistock clinic, hoping that its experts will be able to help.
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