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 SkinÂ was developed with the guidance of experts from Oxford Healthâ€™s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and School Health Nursing teams, alongside teachers and Oxfordshire County Councilâ€™s Public Health and Childrenâ€™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 â€“ which in 2016/17 accounted for more than 619 hospital admissions of people aged 10-24 in the county.
The county councilâ€™s Public Health team seeks to improve the health of local people and protect them from preventable health issues, including commissioning Oxford Healthâ€™s School Health Nursing service â€“ a key partner in this project.
The 2019 tour starts at Lord Williamsâ€™ School in Thame on Monday, March 4, and takes in 32 schools before its conclusion on Wednesday, March 27.