Muireann would like to speak anonymously with a young person regarding self-injury, please contact me on Wedge@lifesigns.org.uk with the email subject of ‘Muireann‘ if you’d like to take part.
My name is Muireann and I am a freelance journalist, studying for an MA in Magazine Journalism in City University, London.
I am researching for a newspaper or magazine feature about self-injury among young people in the UK; I would like to speak to someone who has direct personal experience of self-injury between the ages of 16 and 20.
The article will look at the resources available to young people in schools, higher education and local health authorities.
I would be grateful if you could take the time to talk to me about your experience to help raise awareness about why young people self-injury.
I appreciate this is a very sensitive issue and can assure you that anonymity will be given. The article will be written in a balanced, non-sensationalist way that will address the reasons why young people hurt themselves. It will look at what provisions need to be put in place to both tackle this problem and remove the stigma and harmful myths associated with the practice.
Hopefully, the feature will also encourage other young people who are in a similar situation to seek the help they need.
I am happy to call you or or meet face-to-face for the interview and am willing to travel if the latter option is preferable.