· It is thought that around 13% of young people may try to hurt themselves on purpose at some point between the ages of 11 and 16, but the actual figure could be much higher.
· In 2014, figures were published suggesting a 70% increase in 10-14 year olds attending A&E for self-harm related reasons over the preceding 2 years.
(quoted from Selfharm uk 12/3/2018)
Self-harm is very common in teenagers and adults and is more common than you think. People who self-harm are not alone. It is common for self-harmers to keep it secret, for fear of freaking their close ones out.
Keeping self-harm a secret, probably keeps the situation worse. By keeping self-harm a secret it increases the belief that you are alone, and when you are feeling alone, you are more likely to feel low and helpless. For teens these feelings can increase the need to self-harm.
A trusting relationship needs to be established. This often takes time to develop. Very few people are comfortable talking about their self-harm.
The first step to stop self-harming and get help is to talk or write a letter to someone about it.
If you need immediate help go to
A and E,
or contact the Smaritans 116 123
Or Childline 0800 111
or Bromley Mental Health 0800 330 8590