In and Out of Harm’s Way by Alex

“Hi, my name’s Alex. I am a fictional young person who’s been created by young people as part of a training project designed to explore issues around suicide and self-harm. Alex is a mask we can wear when we’re telling the truth, but feel ashamed to admit that these are our own individual experiences


Street Cred? – Bernard Davies

In Street Cred? Bernard Davies offers a critical account of key themes in the development of 42nd Street. This is determinedly not a self-congratulatory historical account of the growth of the agency. By illuminating the dilemmas faced on a day-to-day basis it seeks to provoke a wider debate about how the values, the purposes


Not Exactly Congratulations – a research publication exploring the emotional wellbeing of teenage mothers and the relevance of postnatal depression.

This research was prompted by the experience of 42nd Street working with teenage mothers experiencing mental distress and by concerns raised by the Manchester Sure Start Plus programme. The report contains practical recommendations for improved service delivery and contains learning that will be of value to both frontline workers and policy makers. The research


Beyond Fear and Control – working with young people who self-harm. – Eds. Helen Spandler & Sam Warner

This 42nd Street Reader is about supporting young people who self-harm as a way of coping with distress. It demonstrates why we need to give up the desire to control young people and simply stop them self-harming and why we need to start listening, supporting and empowering them to take control of their own lives.


Who’s Hurting Who? – Helen Spandler

This research report, based on intensive and often disturbingly frank individual and group interviews with young people, sets out to break down some of the barriers to understanding self-harm. It provides vivid evidence of how self-harming and attempts at suicide can have a range of functions. It throws light on the inability of helping services


Street Cred 2 – Bernard davies

Insider perspectives of a young people’s mental health charity based in Manchester (UK) area: the ‘complexity and complication, contradictory pulls, pushes and tensions, often unnerving ebbs and flows – as these are the inescapable realities of work with young people under stress,the discussion of this work demands a sustained search for honest appraisal and critical