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Children self harming on the rise

12th August 2011

Figures have shown that the number of young people admitted to hospitals in Kent after self-harming has more than doubled in three years.

There were 542 children needing hospital treatment in 2010-11 and East Kent Hospitals trust admitted 185 young people for treatment for injuries from deliberate cuts to attempted suicides, compared to 74 in 2007-8. The Mental Health Foundation estimates that between one in 12, and one in 15 young people self harm. Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust said it was trying to focus on more early intervention and working with schools more closely.

 

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