The EDP says...Brave mental health activist Sarah Barrett should be praised for speaking out about difficult subject of self-harm

Sarah Barrett. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Sarah Barrett. Picture: NICK BUTCHER - Credit: Nick Butcher

While it is impossible to say exactly how many people are self-harming in the United Kingdom, the estimated numbers - one in 10 young people aged between 11 and 16 - are frightening.

Clearly, it is a health issue that needs to be tackled like any other - but it has almost become a taboo subject which few people talk about.

Much of that is perhaps understandable - the nature of what leads someone to regrettably self-harm means many people keep it hidden.

That makes Sarah Barrett's bravery in speaking out about how she has self-harmed all the more impressive.

It is characteristic of the 19-year-old to speak out and, in her words, 'fight the stigma'.

The City College Norwich student has been running her campaign to raise awareness about mental health for more than a year - something for which deservedly won last year's Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards.

It is commendable that she is so brave and open in speaking about the most personal of her experiences.

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Because of its nature, self-harm will continue to be a difficult subject to deal with and for people to talk about.

But Sarah's courage in speaking out means that it may just make it a little bit easier for people to seek help in their hour of need.

Even if one person reads today's article and seeks help, it has potentially saved a life. That is something Sarah can be proud of.

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