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Monday, 10 January, 2000, 16:43 GMT
Samaritans launch online schools pack

teenager Problems such as bullying and exam stress can take their toll


The Samaritans have launched an online youth pack to help schools tackle subjects such as depression and self-harm with their pupils.

The charity says it is a direct response to rising suicide levels in people aged under 25.

Figures show that two young people kill themselves every day, and 19,000 cases of attempted suicide among adolescents are reported every year.

The pack, which is available on the charity's website and is aimed at secondary school pupils, has been designed to help teachers address problems pupils might be experiencing.

Classroom activities, such as role plays and workshops, have been designed to tie in with personal, social and health education lessons.

School visits

Chapters of the pack are dedicated to a variety of subjects, including fear, isolation, depression, self-harm and suicide.

Volunteers from The Samaritans can also visit schools to help teachers hold discussions and workshops.

The charity's youth co-ordinator Alison Weisselberg said: "Pupils every day are struggling to cope with feelings of despair and anxiety resulting from bullying, exam stress, worries about sexual orientation and family problems.

"Having the youth pack online enables teachers to gain instant support and guidance in helping young people discuss these issues sensitively within the classroom."

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