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Emergency Help

We can’t be there in person to help and support you in a moment of crisis, but there are other options available to you if you can’t turn to someone you trust. By giving us your postcode (or one nearby to where you are right now) we can let you know about services in your area. Remember: this moment will pass; you won’t always feel the way you do right now. 

If in doubt always call 999.

You can also sign up to Alumina, our online support for mental health and wellbeing here: 





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Our Staff


Jessica Whittaker - Website Manager

Jess joined Youthscape at the beginning of June 2016 and now works as the website manager. It’s her job to keep the show on the road by managing the website and all our social media channels. As she learns more about self-harm and why it affects so many young people, the role allows her to incorporate her two passions, being creative and helping people. As a design graduate, Jess brings an excellent creative eye to her role and to supporting the development of the SelfharmUK brand. 

Besides designing, her favourite things to do include spending time with friends and engaging in music, books, films and TV-shows that inspire her to feel good about herself. 


Jo Fitzsimmons – Alumina Program Manager

Jo is a qualified youth worker and joined the team in July 2016, Jo is mainly responsible for managing the Alumina program within SelfharmUK, but is very much involved with all aspects of the project. Jo is hugely passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. She has worked for over 20 years in many different settings with young people and has a vast knowledge about self-harm and emotional resilience. Jo has parented a child who was a self-harmer for many years and has an acute understanding of the impact self-harm has on not only young people, but their whole family.

Jo lives in Birmingham with her husband and two children, she is often found walking her dog or hanging out with friends.

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Chris Curtis

CEO of Youthscape. Chris trained in law at the University of Bristol before moving on to work in schools as a youth worker in the early 1980's. He became the first member of staff at LCET in 1993 and, as Chief Executive, oversees the strategic development of the project. In 2001 Chris completed a Master Degree at the University of Birmingham in Educational Psychology (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties). He writes and speaks widely on education, culture and young people. Both he and his wife Helen are registered Foster Carers and have two children of their own.