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My daughter the self-harmer: “She is addicted to social media”

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help.  Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter five: “She is addicted to social media” Can I say what caused my daughter’s self-harming...

My daughter the self-harmer: “I’ve stopped having any life of my own”

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help.  Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter four: “I stopped having any life of my own” My daughter has been self-harming for a while...

My daughter the self-harmer: The CAMHS appointment

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help. Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter three: The CAMHS appointment We were told there could be a really long wait for the CAMHS...

Happy Halloween!

To celebrate Halloween, we gave our teens makeup and cameras. Did you know that over half of adolescents struggle with low self-esteem and negative body image? Brighton5 is working to change that. We hope you enjoy our film that celebrates positive body image. Happy Halloween!

The antidote to “Instagram Face”

Happy weekend! This week we got a few of our teens and pre-teens together to create a special #HallowTeen film that celebrates their creativity and got them thinking outside the usual focus on the “perfect body image” and “Instagram Face” (read this eye-watering article on the BBC News website if you want to know more!) – and we had great fun! As Brighton5 teen Chloe put it, “Halloween is a...

My daughter the self-harmer: Getting help

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help.  It’s incredibly brave to put your private life out there in the public eye, but our blogger  mum has done just that in the hope that others will see that they’re not alone...

My daughter the self-harmer

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help.  We will follow mum and daughter’s story over the next few weeks. Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter One. “Mum, I cut myself”...

A bit of inspiration and some really useful links

Hello! Here’s a quick Brighton5 Crowdfunder update and some really useful links to organisations that have helped us along the way this week. We have raised £4,250 of our target in our first week, which is hugely encouraging! We’ve been busy ticking off things on our ever-growing lists – I have post-it-notes everywhere! So far this week, we’ve edited a new blog that will be up on brighton5.com...

Crowdfunder update – thank you!

We want to send a great big thank you to everyone who has supported the Brighton5 Crowdfunder to raise vital funds for Brighton5’s next project, which is to work with teens and local schools and colleges to tackle mental health issues. We’d also like to pick your brains! Launching a Crowdfunder has been a huge learning curve! It sometimes feels like we’re looking after a newborn...

The Brighton5 crowdfunder is GO!

Hello friends! We’ve just launched our Brighton5 crowdfunder which has it’s official launch on Wednesday 10th October on World Mental Health Day. We want to get as many people involved in our Crowdfunder as possible and with that in mind, we’re campaigning for people to donate anything from £1 (hopefully more!) to the fund, and to pass it on – to recommend every friend and...

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