HOW COMMON IS SELF-HARM?

 

HOW COMMON IS SELF-HARM?

  • About 1 in 10 young people will self-harm at some point, but it can happen at any age.
  • The research probably under-estimates how common self-harm is. It is usually based on surveys of people who go to hospital or their GP after harming themselves. However, we know that a lot of people do not seek help after self-harm. Some types of self-harm, like cutting, may be more secret and so less likely to be noticed.
  • In a recent study of over 4000 self-harming adults in hospital, 80% had overdosed and around 15% had cut themselves. In the community, it is likely that cutting is a more common way of self-harming than taking an overdose.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

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