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Under My Skin: Play about self-harm returns to Oxfordshire’s schools

A hard-hitting play aimed at challenging the taboos about self-harm is returning for a fourth tour of Oxfordshire schools it was announced today (Fri) on National Self-Harm Awareness Day.

Under My Skin was developed with the guidance of experts from Oxford Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and School Health Nursing teams, alongside teachers and Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health and Children’s Social Care teams.

Produced by Pegasus Theatre the play has reached more than 15,000 young people since it was commission by Oxfordshire County Council.

It will be shown to Year 8 and 9 pupils to help tackle self-harm and related stigma – which in 2016/17 accounted for more than 619 hospital admissions of people aged 10-24 in the county.

The county council’s Public Health team seeks to improve the health of local people and protect them from preventable health issues, including commissioning Oxford Health’s School Health Nursing service – a key partner in this project.

The 2019 tour starts at Lord Williams’ School in Thame on Monday, March 4, and takes in 32 schools before its conclusion on Wednesday, March 27.