Records show that nationally, self-harming
resulted in 111,997 hospital admissions.
I started self-harming
around May of 2005," explains Amelia.
Others may see self-harm as part of their identity, and be involved in communities or cultures where self-harming
is reinforced and even encouraged.
But while it's important to remember that sometimes, young people who self-harm may be at risk of suicide, this is rare, and for the vast majority of cases, self-harming
is a coping mechanism.
Elaine said: "We need to break the taboos that surround self-harming
and I would urge any young person thinking about self-harming
to seek support and advice.
Her mother Helene told Dublin Coroner's Court the family was unaware of the self-harming
until contacted by her school.
I'm being bullied at school so I've started self-harming
Anyone is at risk from self-harming
at some point In his or her life depending on the experiences they have and the way they feel about these experiences," she said.
Distinguishing suicide attempts from nonsuicidal self-harming
Nick Holdsworth, nurse consultant at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We know that self-harming
rates are linked to alcohol use.
Self-harm was broadly categorized into five types: cutting or burning, self-poisoning, deliberate nonrecreational risk-taking, self-battery, and other self-harming
behaviors such as self-drowning, hanging, intentional electrocution, and suffocation.
And actress Angelina Jolie, 34 (right), says she started self-harming
when she was 13.