Self Harm

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The deliberate infliction of damage or alteration to oneself without suicidal intent, in particular by those with eating disorders, mental illness, a history of trauma and abuse—e.g, emotional or sexual abuse—or mental traits such as low self-esteem or perfectionism
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8220;We will also be covering implications and impact of on-going self harm, circumventing situations and circumstances leading to self harm behaviour.
He fears the romanticised notion of a 'suicidal' cry for help - as self harm is often portrayed on television - is unhelpful when it comes to raising awareness and understanding.
Attitudes towards people who self harm are varied and may often be less than understanding, which may be the reason that it is often a very private activity and as a result why it is believed to be under reported.
In the 12 months to August this year, the North East Strategic Health Authority admitted 330 cases of self harm per 100,000 of its population, compared to 114 cases per 100,000 in London SHA.
Although the researchers found no strong evidence of an increased risk of self harm linked to varenicline, "the limited power of the study means we cannot rule out either a halving or a twofold increased risk.
It is estimated that 2-3 per cent of girls will make a serious attempt to self harm during their teenage years.
Dear Coleen, I'm a 13-year-old girl and this time last year I started feeling very depressed and began to self harm and this carried on until early August.
WORRY: Amy with cut marks on her forearm ALARMING: Girl on Facebook Self Harm forum threatens to commit suicide SICKENING: Tips on disguising wounds and (right) blade adverts on the website
Pippa Coutts, of the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health, said: "We identified a real need in Scotland to raise awareness of mental health problems and self harm in minority communities.
Although the issue of self harm is more widely known today, experts say it has always happened.
Welsh Secretary Peter Hain has called for urgent action to tackle the rise in incidents of self harm among teenagers.