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Acts of self-harm

  • Around 1 in 10 young people aged 12-17 will harm themselves.
  • Cutting and overdose are the commonest methods
  • Girls are twice as likely as boys to self-harm
  • We know little about self-harm in children. In adolescents self-harm increases from the age of 12
  • Few acts of self-harm result in attendance at A&E with most remaining private and hidden.

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Last updated: 24 April, 2018