Social media blamed for big rise in girls self-harming

Sky News reports that between 2011 and 2014, reports of self-harm among girls in Britain aged 13 to 16 rose by 68%. 

The figures come from data collated by researchers from the University of Manchester. The study is published in the British Medical Journal.

They looked at records from 674 general practices, focusing on the number of 10 to 19-year-olds who had self-harmed.

Of all those who had self-harmed, almost three quarters (73%) were girls. For girls aged 13 to 16 the rate rose from 45.9 cases per 10,000 individuals in 2011 to 77.0 cases per 10,000 in 2014.

Nav Kapur, professor of psychiatry and population health at the University of Manchester, said: “These results do emphasise the opportunity for earlier intervention in primary care to reduce suicide risk. 

“It’s very important that young people, parents and carers aren’t unduly alarmed by these findings. We know that for many young people things get better and they no longer hurt themselves as adults.”

Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price said: “It’s worrying to see the number of young people who self-harm and experience suicidal feelings is increasing, I want every young person to be able to seek and access help when they need it.”

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