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Self-inflicted physical harm, such as cutting, that is not suicidal and is usually a response to stress or trauma. Also called self-harm, self-mutilation.
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But in reality, the likelihood is that the true figure is even higher - many people who self harm do not tell anyone about it, and as such will not be included in the official figures.
While she has not had personal experience with self harm, her platform has given her direct exposure to many youngsters dealing with the issue and an insight into some of the pressures facing young women.
She added that while recent figures from the Office of National Statistics point to decreasing rates of suicide, self harm for teenagers poses a "significant health and social problem".
Women are more likely to self harm than men in every part of the West Midlands - across the region women were admitted to hospital for self harm at least 3,757 times last year; men, at least 2,374 times.
Alan Walsh, team leader at the Kirkdale-based group, said: "One of the biggest things we're coming across is self harm to do with pressure.
Nationwide, there were more than 22,000 admissions for self harm in the past year, up 2,000 from the year before.
Self harm is an increasing problem in the UK and across the globe, especially with young people.
Research from King's College in London suggests children bullied during their early years are up to three times more likely to self harm than their classmates when they reach adolescence (Fisher et al, 2012).
The incidence and repetition of hospital-treated deliberate self harm: Findings from the World's First National Registry.
INTRODUCTION: Deliberate self harm (DSH) is an "an act with non-fatal outcome in which an individual deliberately initiates a non-habitual behaviour, that without intervention from others will cause self-harm, or deliberately ingests a substance in excess of the prescribed or generally recognised dosage, and which is aimed at realising changes that the person desires via the actual or expected physical consequences".
London, April 27 ( ANI ): Children who are bullied in childhood are up to three times more likely to self harm up to the age of 12, a new study has revealed.