Hospital admissions for children who are self-harming
have more than doubled in six years.
The true number of children ending up in hospital after self-harming
is likely to be even higher.
Out of the 11,000 children surveyed, one in six reported self-harming
The report looks at the reasons behind the unhappiness which increases the risk of children self-harming
One young person told the charity: "I felt like self-harming
was what I wanted to do and had to do as there was nothing else I could do.
How you react is important too: "Young people are often reluctant to tell people they're self-harming
as they fear adults' reactions," Hayley said.
Although it appears that previous suicide attempts are the most robust risk factor for eventually completed suicide, self-harming
behaviors have also been shown to be a strong predictor of suicide in people with SMI, especially women (Haw, Hawton, Sutton, Sinclair, & Deeks, 2005; Hawton, Zahl, & Weatherall, 2003).
is when a young person chooses to inflict pain on themselves in some way.
The survey was composed of around 6,000 participants and reveals many children are self-harming
more than once a month.
Janet Boden, ChildLine's service manager in Liverpool, said: "Although self-harming
is not a new problem, sharing images of self-harm on social media sites is a worrying new development."
Most users went to the forums for empathy or to discuss safety issues rather than talk about how they could reduce their self-harming