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Self-harm ‘on the increase among UK teenage girls’

19th October 2017

A new report into mental health and self-harm has revealed that teenage girls in the UK are becoming increasingly likely to self-harm.

The University of Manchester research analysed data from more than 600 general practices, finding that reports of self-harm in girls aged between 13 and 16 rose by 68 percent between 2011 and 2014.

Overall, girls were shown to be much more likely to self-harm than boys, while those in the most socially deprived areas were the least likely to be referred to specialist services, despite often having the most complex needs.

This is a cause for concern, given that children and teenagers who self-harmed were shown to be nine times more likely to die unnaturally, with an especially marked risk of suicide or death by acute alcohol or drug poisoning.

Nav Kapur, professor of psychiatry and population health at the University of Manchester, said: "We know that for many young people things get better, and they no longer hurt themselves as adults. But of course, we must take self-harm seriously; it's important to understand its underlying causes."

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