PSHE GCSE: Coping with self-harm

A teenage girl called Zoe is interviewed by BBC radio presenter Aled Haydn Jones.

She describes her experiences of self-harm and how she overcame it.

The radio show is fictional but the caller and her experiences are real.

Aled interviews clinical psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin about self-harm among teenagers.

This clip is from the series Coping.

Teacher Notes

In this clip, Zoe talks about how her self-harm progressed over a six year period.

One potential starting point for working with this clip could be to investigate what support or help might have been available to Zoe, if she'd decided to speak out and tell someone what she was doing.

Zoe also says that she was unable to talk to anyone, but that one single act of kindness by a nurse, made her feel better.

This could also be the start of a 'single act of kindness' campaign, where all class members try to do something for someone else over the week.

Another avenue for use could be to watch this clip as part of a campaign for pupils to understand the negative effects of bullying.

Using the information at the end, pupils could create a campaign to highlight why people self-harm and where they can go for help.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching Modern Studies and PSHE and Citizenship, in particular for Healthy Lifestyles and Mental and Emotional Health, at GCSE and National 4/5 level (Scotland).