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Self-harming rises 50%

12th March 2010

New figures show that the number of young people admitted to hospital after cutting themselves deliberately is up by more than 50% in five years.

Data reveals that there were 2,727 admissions in the UK for self-harm with a sharp object among the under-25 age group in 2008/09, compared with 1,758 in 2004/05. The Royal College of Psychiatrists says it is now "seriously concerned" about the growing number of websites which glamorise the problem or show gory images of cuts and scars.

 

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