Heads Above The Waves is a not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people. We promote positive, creative ways of dealing with the bad days.
Self-harm affects around 1 in 12 young people, yet it remains an issue people struggle to handle, talk about, and understand. Sometimes, helping can be as simple as having a conversation, but a study by YoungMinds found that 71% of young people, 70% of parents, and 60% of teachers say they don’t feel able to actually talk about self-harm.
In the last 10 years, hospital admissions as a result of self-harm in the UK have risen by 68%, and this figure is predicted to keep rising. By getting people to talk more openly about self-harm (in the same way that we do drug use or unprotected sex) and making people aware of the help that exists, Heads Above The Waves hopes to reduce hospital admissions as a result of self-harm.
We want to make it easier for people to talk honestly and openly about self-harm, without fear of stigma or ignorance. But more than that, we want to make it easier for people to talk about anything that’s bothering them, and to realise that if it’s bothering you, then it’s an important issue, and it’s worth talking about, and doing something about.