Self Harm

The facts

  • Rates of self-harm in the UK have been on the increase in recent years and are amongst the highest in Europe
  • More than 24,000 teenagers are admitted to hospital in the UK each year after deliberately harming themselves. Most have taken overdoses or cut themselves.
  • 1 in 10 teenagers self-harm
  • Rates of self-harm in the UK have been on the increase in recent years and are amongst the highest in Europe More than 24,000 teenagers are admitted to hospital in the UK each year after deliberately harming themselves. Most have taken overdoses or cut themselves. 1 in 10 teenagers self-harm Many incidents will be treated at home and will not reach the attention of services or professionals. Statistics: Nat. Institute for Clinical Excellence, 2002; Samaritans & Centre for Suicide, Oxford University, 2002.

Statistics: Nat. Institute for Clinical Excellence, 2002; Samaritans & Centre for Suicide, Oxford University, 2002.

Self-harm is when someone deliberately hurts or injures him or herself. This includes: cutting, overdoses, punching oneself, throwing one’s body against something, pulling out hair, scratching, picking or tearing at one’s skin, burning, inhaling harmful substances.

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For more insight from a Christian perspective read Sam’s story:

Tug of war for Sam’s soul

 

Published 30th June 2010

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