Do you know someone who could be affected by self-harm?
They can get support from the Samaritans at any time of the day or night. Call 116 123.
This follows a UK study that used reliable national databases to look at trends in reports of self-harm among young people aged 10 to 19 since 2001. It found annual rates of self-harm of 37 per 10,000 girls and 12.3 per 10,000 boys. It could be that due to greater awareness of the help available, more teenagers are willing to report self-harming. But we cannot ignore the possibility that many cases of self-harm may also go unreported. Medical, social and public health services arguably need to come together to better understand and address these trends and inequalities, to ensure vulnerable young people are identified and get the help and support they need. If you are having thoughts about self-harming, you can get support from the Samaritans at any time of the day or night. Call 116 123.