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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"I think that self harm is romanticised too bysocial media - when the truth of it isn't beautiful at all and it's painful to deal with.
However, while women are more likely to self harm, the results can be much more deadly for men.
“We will also be covering implications and impact of on-going self harm, circumventing situations and circumstances leading to self harm behaviour.
Majority of deliberate self harm cases were in the age group of 20 to 29years, followed by the age group of 30 to 39 years, and 50 to 59 years respectively, as depicted in the Table 2.
Meanwhile Coventry City Council is trying to tackle the problem at source, targeting school children at risk of developing anxiety or depression - key causes of self harm. Schools run sessions to raise pupil's self-esteem, while mentors are trained in 'mental health first aid'.
Figures published by the 2011 Children and Young Peoples Wellbeing Monitor for Wales indicate that incidents of young people being hospitalised as a result of self harm have risen from 650 per 100,000 to 900.
In a survey involving 5,801 mainly 15 and 16-year-olds, 398 respondents (6.9%) reported carrying out a deliberate act of self harm in the previous year.
The study was part of a European survey called Child And Adolescent Self Harm In Europe.
The Mental Health Foundation (, 020 7803 1101) provides free booklets called The Truth About Self Harm. You can order one at
The UK has some of the highest rates of self harm among under 25s, the charities running the inquiry said yesterday.
'There is a worrying increase in self harm by youngsters, a 30% rise in Wales,' he said.