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Manchester is self-harm hotspot

27th August 2008

According to a new study, Manchester tops the list of places in Europe where the highest number of people self-harm.


Research looked at the amount of people who were admitted to hospital for self-harming in eight European countries between 1989-2003.

The study was performed by the Network for International Collaboration on Evidence in Suicide Prevention.

The research will be shared at the 12th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour in Glasgow.

The research discovered that 540 females and 422 males in every 100,000 people in Manchester were self-harmers.

The next highest amount of people self-harming were in Oxford, with 416 males and females per 100,000.

The research showed that the UK had more people self-harming compared to other places in Europe.

Ljubljana in Slovenia had the least number of self-harmers, with 72 females and 64 males per 100,000 self-harming.

Professor Stephen Platt, of Edinburgh University, said the lower a person's age was, the more likelihood they had of self-harming.

The danger of suicide was increased 60 to 100 times in people who had self-harmed.

Professor Platt said: "This latest research confirms we have a serious problem of self-harm in the UK, particularly among women."

"Although we have made excellent progress in improving support services, we still have a long way to go. Conferences such as this provide an opportunity to share our understanding of suicidal behaviour and to develop better care."


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