Young people tackle self-harm with haunting tune

A HAUNTING new song and video dealing with the issue of suicide and self-harm has just been released by a group of local young people.

‘Rusty Tin’ was released to coincide with the international day of self-harm and has been co-produced by Strabane singer song writer, Glenn Rouse and producer Wez Devine, along with young people from Include Youth’s ‘Give and Take’ and ‘Strive’ programmes.

Speaking at the launch of the track senior youth worker at Include Youth, Ronan Boyle, said, “The young people at Include Youth have released a music video featuring care experienced young people to highlight the growing issue of self-harm. The launch coincides with international self-harm awareness day.


“The young people involved came up with the concept and have fully participated in the entire process, with several of them appearing in the video. Most importantly the young people have brought their own experiences to the project, being extremely brave and honest about this topic,” he explained.

“While, rightly so, there is a focus on tackling mental health in terms of suicide prevention for young people, the hidden aspect is at many times that of self-harm. Self-harm is affecting an ever greater number of young people with methods like cutting, scratching, bruising and hitting themselves being used to promote feeling of control over one’s life or to relive tensions or anger. Of course these behaviours have long term detrimental impact on the young people.

“The song has been written by local singer songwriter Glenn Rouse and the video produced by Wez Devine. Ultimately the aim is to raise awareness of self-harm and promote arenas where young people can go and talk and seek help. As such we would be asking groups, organisations, charities and individuals to take this video and share it as a far and wide as they can,” added Ronan.

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