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Young people at Include Youth launched a new song and music video dealing with the issue of self-harm.

The launch coincided with international day of self-harm and was co-produced with Strabane singer song writer, Glen Rouse, producer Wez Devine and young people from Include Youth’s ‘Give and Take’ and ‘Strive’ programmes.

The young people involved came up with the concept and have fully participated from start to finish in the entire process, with several of them appearing in the video. Most importantly the young people involved have brought their own experiences to the project, being extremely brave and honest about this topic.

While, rightly so, there is a focus on tackling mental health in terms of suicide prevention for young people, the hidden aspect is at many times that of self-harm.

Self-harm is affecting an ever greater number of young people with methods like cutting , scratching, bruising and hitting themselves being used to promote feeling of control over one’s life or to relive tensions or anger. These behaviours have long term detrimental impact on the young people.

Ultimately the aim is to raise awareness of self-harm and promote arenas where young people can go and talk and seek help.

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