An award-nominated play aimed at challenging the taboos about self-harm is returning for a third tour of Oxfordshire schools this month.
Under My Skin has been raising awareness about the issue among the county’s teenagers and promoting the services available to young people affected over the past two years.
The play will be shown to Year 8 and 9 pupils as part of an initiative to tackle self-harm and related stigma.
Self-abuse accounted for more than 552 hospital admissions of people aged 10-24 in Oxfordshire in 2015/16.
The play, commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council and produced by Pegasus Theatre, was performed in 30 schools in 2017.
Since starting in 2016 it has reached more than 10,000 young people in Years 8 and 9 across the county.
Hilary Hibbert-Biles, responsible for public health at the county council, said: “Self-harm can be difficult to talk about and we wanted to continue using Under My Skin to help empower young people to discuss the issue openly and honestly, ensuring they know how and where to access support if they need it.”
Following its first run, the play was a finalist in the Public Mental Health and Wellbeing category for the Royal Society for Public Health Awards, in October 2016.
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