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Teenage: Self Harm


The most common reasons given by pupils for deliberate self harm were 'to find relief from a terrible state of mind' or because they had 'wanted to die'. Contrary to popular belief few were 'trying to frighten someone' or simply 'get attention'.

  • The majority of those who self-harm cut themselves.

  • Girls are nearly four times more likely to self-harm than boys.

  • The most common reason given was 'to find relief from a terrible situation,' the least common reason was 'to get my own back.'

  • up to half of those who self-harm seek help from friends before acting.

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