Self Harm - Raising Awareness
Thursday night’s episode of Shortland Street saw the drama tackling the issue of self-harm.
During the episode, the show’s character Blue was seen with multiple cuts on his arm. This is is a continuation of the storyline about his struggle with grief, after losing his girlfriend.
"Our intention with this story was to shine a light on an issue that has become a serious problem and clearly, as all the research shows, an extremely contagious behaviour.
"We understand that it can be extremely triggering. We were in consultation with TVNZ and our own medical advisors, to be careful how we depicted Blue's self-harming and to make it clear, in the larger context of the story, not to reinforce this as a coping strategy.
"We hope the story helps raise awareness around the issue, that it may help those who need to talk about it and lead them to seek help from the appropriate agencies. This is why we have posted helpline information on our Facebook page following tonight's episode” comments Maxine Fleming, Producer.
The response on Facebook has been extremely positive, and we welcome the ongoing discussion around this issue," she adds.
WHERE TO GET HELP:
Lifeline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 354
Depression Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 111 757
Healthline (open 24/7) - 0800 611 116
Samaritans (open 24/7) - 0800 726 666
Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.
Youthline (open 24/7) - 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email email@example.com
0800 WHATSUP children's helpline - phone 0800 9428 787 between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day.
Kidsline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 754. This service is for children aged 5 to 18. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy. These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.
Your local Rural Support Trust - 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)
Alcohol Drug Help (open 24/7) - 0800 787 797. You can also text 8691 for free.
For further information, contact the Mental Health Foundation's free Resource and Information Service (09 623 4812).