Self-harmers are attention-seeking, manipulative teenagers. Self-harmers are suicidal. Self-harmers are goths. Self-harmers can stop if they want to. Self-harm is when you cut yourself with a knife. Myth. Myth. Myth. Myth. Myth!
How have we ended up getting it so wrong when it comes to sorting out self-harm fact from fiction?
Self-harm has a stigma that just won’t budge. This is largely due to a lack of education and information available in schools and the NHS. In the Samaritans report Youth Matters – A Cry For Help 43% of young people knew someone who has self-harmed, but one-in-four didn’t know what to say to a friend who was self-harming.
We have the highest level of self-harm in Europe. Around 25,000 11- to 25-year-olds are admitted to Accident and Emergency each year in England because of self-harming. Of course this number is nowhere near the actual amount of people who harm themselves, because many people will administer fir
Want to see the rest of this article?
Would you like to see the rest of this article and all the other benefits that Issues Online can provide with?
- Useful related articles
- Video and multimedia references
- Statistical information and reference material
- Glossary of terms
- Key Facts and figures
- Related assignments
- Resource material and websites