An NSPCC spokesman said: “These heartbreaking figures are sadly unsurprising because Childline hears from so many young people who hurt themselves.
“Last year we held more than 15,000 counselling sessions about self harm, and many young people who talked about suicidal feelings also mentioned self-harm.”
- they feel they are not listened to
- they have been told off
- they have little or no choice about things
- they have been bullied
- they are involved in arguments, or hear other people arguing
- they are feeling unwell
- they have memories of a bereavement
- they have memories of abuse.
If you are struggling at the moment with self-harm or other mental health issues, you can seek support through your GP or by speaking to someone at the Samaritans, calls are free and they are open 24 hours a day, you can call them on 116 123 (UK)
Why do you think self-harm is on the rise? Do you have any coping strategies to support people who self-harm?
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