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‘Self-harm Amongst Teen Girls Widespread’

Life Style Extra reports on the levels of self-harm by young people in Britain:

A study reveals that every year a shocking one-in-10 teen girls deliberately harms herself, usually by cutting herself or taking a drug overdose.

The results suggest the problem is around eight times worse than experts had believed, according to the research, which means up to 200,000 distressed teens a year could be deliberately hurting themselves.

Mental health experts warned self-harm could be a sign of suicidal thoughts, bullying, sexual abuse and experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and called for greater awareness of the issues in school lessons. [more]

Drug and alcohol use were associated with a higher risk of self harm.

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