Under 18 female self harm hospital admissions continue to rise

” The number of admissions to hospital of girls under the age of 18 in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Parents and schools are urged to become more aware and seek early advice and interventions.
  • Self harm is not attention seeking
  • Enquire or book a place or your organisation on a MHFA course to become more confident in recognising the early signs and following the appropriate steps to support
  • Enquire or book 1-1 session work to help the young person with underlying causes
  • Follow safeguarding policy
  • Do not hesitate to call emergency services if needed

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The Guardian reports that figures provided in response to a written question in the House of Lords, answered by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health Lord O’Shaughnessy, show that

” The number of admissions to hospital of girls under the age of 18 in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago.

NHS Digital hospital admission figures:

13,463 females under the age of 18 in 2016/17 against 7,327 in 1997/98

2,332 males under the age of 18 in 2016/17 against 2,236 in 1997/98

Source: Guardian Date: 06 August 2018

Further information: UK Parliament: self-harm: children: written question – HL9500

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