Self-harm is a concerning reality for teachers, parents and professionals working with children and young people today.
Recent statistics conclude that rates have increased in the UK and are now among the highest in Europe. According to the National Institute for Care and Excellence, the risk of suicide has also increased (NICE 2013).
Studies conclude that between 10 and 12 per cent of young people self-harm, but the true incidence is largely unknown as many young people do not present for help.
A recent poll commissioned by ChildLine, YouthNet, SelfHarmUK and YoungMinds revealed that of the 2,000 children and young people surveyed, over half of the 11 to 14-year-olds reported having self-harmed, or knowing someone who had. Equally, eight out of 10 18 to 21-year-olds say they have self-harmed or know someone who has (reported by NSPCC on Self Harm Awareness day – March 1, 2015).
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