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Kids On The Edge

S1-E3 Kids on the Edge: Troubled Girls

S1-E3 Kids on the Edge: Troubled Girls

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Increasing numbers of teenage girls are self-harming. Cutting yourself is an addiction, says Demi, a complicated but articulate 17-year-old whose mother died when she was 11. Her psychiatrist at London’s Tavistock Clinic explains why she does it: “Feeling physical pain makes the emotional pain go away – briefly.”

Maisie, 14, has a very loving mother, but her mental health issues mean that her behaviour can change in an instant to demonic levels. She frequently cuts and self-ligatures, too.

This brutally honest film is desperately hard to watch. Seeing Maisie physically fighting her mum over a safety pin is heartbreaking. As is hearing Demi’s admission that she just wants a hug from her mum.


The stories of two self-harming teenage girls and the support they receive from Tavistock clinicians, in light of a problem that is on the rise in the UK. A&E units are reporting a surge in self-harming teenagers and they are predominantly girls, and this episode focuses on 17-year-old Demi, who has been admitted twice to psychiatric inpatient units after attempts to take her life, and 15-year-old Maisie, who has been in and out of inpatient units since she was 12. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Director Tim Lawton
Executive Producer Liesel Evans


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