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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Paedophile jailed after being found with a missing 5 year-old girl


International Business Times

Trevor Hughes was jailed for 12 monthsfor breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Trevor Hughes
Trevor Hughes was jailed for 12 years after breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.Merseyside Police
A paedophile has been put back behind bars after he was caught walking off with a missing five-year-old girl in Liverpool.
Trevor Hughes, 66, of Knowsley Road, Bootle, was jailed for 12 months on Friday for breaching an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order which prevents him from being with children unsupervised.
Liverpool Crown Court heard her frantic mother saw him with her daughter near a leisure centre after giving the girl some bubbles as a birthday gift.
She had started a search for her daughter with the help of her neighbours.
Addressing the court Judge Alan Conrad, QC, said: "It is every parents' nightmare that their child playing will be grabbed by a sex offender and that is exactly what happened here."
The court was told, according to the Liverpool Echo, that since the incident the girl has nightmares and "wakes up screaming".
Hughes had previously been jailed for two-and-a-half years in June 2013 for possessing indecent images of children and sexually assaulting a girl he had groomed.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mental health: An artist's struggle to help others overcome self-harm

ALJAZEERA

Reporter's NotebookMental health

 Al Jazeera meets someone who finds comfort in talking openly about self-harm, and a researcher who has written a guide for parents.

Megan Dallat used to self-harm and believes talking openly about it is important in overcoming the condition [Al Jazeera]

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Journalist at Al Jazeera English.
Note: Al Jazeera is publishing this piece on World Suicide Prevention Day. If you are affected by any of the issues it raises, please visit IASP's website. 

Megan Dallat shows me her series of three photographs of women hanging in a downtown Belfast art gallery. Each of the women has a violent streak of red paint running across their bodies.
They are disturbing images, particularly given Dallat's history of self-harm.
The arts blogger first cut herself when she was 14, on her left forearm with a pin. She progressed to fishing knives and razor blades on her upper thighs. The cutting continued until last year when, at 23, she got the help she needed and stopped self-harming.
"Back then if I was to cut I would know that I was going to do it throughout the day. I would feel a building frustration and there was nothing that I could do to help myself, or nowhere I could turn.
"It was so frustrating and then it was almost exciting to get ready to do it, and then doing it was a release of, I don't know, an up emotion,'' said Dallat, who has a small sunflower tattooed on one ankle and a tiny heart tattoo, barely visible in white ink on her wrist.
Mental health workers estimate that 10 to 15 percent of young people self-harm; cutting and pill overdoses are the most common forms. Most, like Dallat, learn other ways of coping and outgrow the destructive behaviour by their mid-twenties, but 1 to 2 percent end up committing suicide.
Mental health professionals say that a majority of people who do kill themselves have self-harmed at some point in their lives.
Parents of young people who self-harm are often blind-sided when they learn their carefully nurtured child is harming themselves. Dallat's parents learned their daughter's secret from a teacher.

Warning signs

Now, there is help available, in the form of a 12-page booklet entitled, "Coping with Self-harm; A Guide for Parents and Carers". It's been translated into Flemish and Icelandic and other languages may follow.
I went to Oxford to the university's Centre for Suicide Research to meet the guide's author.
Anne Ferrey consulted 42 parents in putting together the guide. It's clearly written with tips on what parents should look for: a child refusing to swim, covering their arms with long sleeves, or bangles and bracelets - more than the usual teenaged withdrawn behaviour.
Ferrey explained that self-harm does seem to release endorphins, positive chemicals that bring short-term relief.
"For some people it just helps them feel more in control of their life. So, young people will say, 'I can't control anything else … but I can control how I treat my own body'.
"Although it does help them in the moment feel like it's improving the way they're feeling, overall it's quite negative and it's not something you would want to continue," she said.
Ferrey's office in the Department of Psychiatry is tucked behind the Warneford Hospital, built in 1826 as the Oxford Lunatic Asylum. Just the change language shows how far we've come in accepting mental illness.
It's difficult to find people willing to talk about mental illness. Most don't want to expose themselves to ridicule – to be considered a "freak". And those who've stopped cutting want to forget their unstable period and move on.
Dallat is a rare, brave voice willing to buck the stigma and talk about her difficult history.
"The more people talk about it the more you feel you can open up without being judged," Dallat told me as rain pelted the large windows in her Belfast studio.
"I can talk about [self-harm] because I am completely over it, and if there's anything I can do to help other people stop, I want to do it.''
Click here to view Dallat's personal website.
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