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.

Last updated: 15 August, 2016