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Alarming Rise in Self-Harm

A Lancet Psychiatry study: ‘Prevalence of non-suicidal self-harm and service contact in England, 2000–14: repeated cross-sectional surveys of the general population’ has found an increase in non-suicide self-harm in England:

“We found an increase in the prevalence of NSSH in all age groups in England, but particularly in young women and girls. An increase in the prevalence of using self-harm to cope with emotional stress could have serious long-term public health implications. There is a risk that self-harm will become normalised for young people. Furthermore, NSSH increases the risk of later suicide; a cohort effect is possible by which suicide rates in these groups could potentially increase. Young people need health and educational services to be available, and health and other professionals need to discuss self-harm with young people and encourage them to find safer ways of coping.”

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Reporting on the findings the BBC quoted Dr Sally McManus, of the National Centre for Social Research who led the study, as saying;

"At least half of people who self-harm don't get that sort of support. It's important we offer alternative, safer ways of coping."
“We need to place the emphasis on prevention, and prevent self-harm becoming embedded as a way of coping with emotional stress."


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