Girls on the Edge is a BBC2 documentary ‘following three families whose daughters have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act to protect them from harming themselves’ (Sky description).

It’s a shame they chose to focus on three white teenage girls, as that did nothing to help banish stereotypes, but looking beyond that there were definite positives.

Despite all three girls having a history of self-injury, self-injury itself wasn’t the focus of the programme. And althoug...h there were several frames that showed scars, they were subtle and not glorified. The programme chose instead to focus on the emotions and distress, including suicidal thoughts and actions, that had led to these girls being sectioned.

The programme also touched on treatment, including medication and DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), together with the impact that the girls being sectioned had on their families.

“Recovery isn’t perfect, and I didn’t want to recover for a long time.”

This quote from one of the girls speaks volumes. Recovery for any of us is always a journey, with ups and downs. It’s also a choice; one needs to want to recover. And when you’re in a safe environment like hospital, with everything done for you and none of the responsibilities of the outside world, just maybe that choice is harder to make.

Being in hospital isn’t difficult. Living in the real world is difficult. Coping with intense, negative emotions and distress, while going to work or school or college, while going to the shops, while travelling, while interacting with others, often with very little support and only self-injury to rely on. That is difficult. And that’s the reality for most.

The girls’ diagnoses included depression, anxiety, personality disorder. Common mental illnesses that affect so many of us. Not everyone gets the help they need. Not everyone has a caring, supportive family. Most don’t get to spend a *year* being cared for and intensely treated.

So maybe those three are the lucky ones. And maybe, just maybe, it’s because they’re three white teenage girls.

We’re grateful to the three girls for so openly sharing their stories, and wish them all the very best for their future lives.

*If you choose to watch the programme on iPlayer, please note trigger warning for scars.

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New year, new me?

It's tempting at this time of year to set ourselves resolutions, promising that we'll be the best and most perfect version of ourselves that is possible! However, we're all human. We all slip up. We all get distracted. Life happens!

This new year practice looking after yourself. Practice letting go of the little slip ups. Practice giving yourself a little slack, and practice loving yourself! 💜

Happy New Year everybody! There's twelve fresh months ahead, and a fresh start for all of us! I hope 2018 can be the year that we all take time to take care of ourselves and each other 💜

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It's a busy time of year, but don't forget to take time to look after yourself! 💜 Check out the link below for some self-care tips ⬇️


In case you need some advice at this busy time of year, here's 10 Self-Care Tips from our volunteer Georgie 💜 (Read the full piece at:…/10-self-care-tips-by-georg…)

1. Plan an escape route! 🏃‍♂️

2. Have a bath or a shower! 🚿

3. Get creative – literally! 🖌️

4. Watch a movie or TV show that you love, or read your favourite book or poem! 🖥️

5. Write a list of things you love, or things you are grateful for, or reasons to stay alive! ✍️

6. Dance! 💃

7. Have a nap! 😴

8. If you need distracting, learn about something new! 👩‍💻

9. Write a letter that will never be sent! 📜

10. Declutter your room / desk / wardrobe! ♻️👖👗

Let us know in the comments what your favourite self-care methods are! 💜

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