Self-harm Rates in Young People Have Tripled in the Last Decade

23 May 2014

By Yasmine

Self-harm rates in young people have tripled in England in the last decade according to a new study. The survey was carried out by the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) which revealed that 20% of the 15 year olds questioned, have self-harmed at least once.

All facts and figures of the study are set to be released later this year. 6,000 young people aged 11, 13 and 15 took part in the survey and it showed the 7% of the 15 year olds had self-harmed within the last year.

Professor Fiona Brooks, head of adolescent and child health at the University of Hertfordshire, brought to our attention that findings in the study showed that self-harming among girls is considerably high.

The survey shows that both male and females 11 year olds show a good level of emotional wellbeing, whereas by the age of 15, 45% of girls said they feel low at least once a week compared to 23% of boys.

In 2013, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said around 220,000 people who self- harm are treated in hospital in England every year. NICE claimed hospital staff that have judgemental and negative attitudes can result in some patients harming themselves because the patients feel judged and criticised.


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