The term self-harm refers to deliberately hurting or injuring yourself without trying to end your life. It is often done secretively.
Around one in 10 12-17 year-olds (10.9%) reported having ever self-harmed. - This is equivalent to 186,000 young people aged 12-17 years who had deliberately injured themselves. - About three quarters (73.5%) of these adolescents had harmed themselves in the previous 12 months.
Self-harm was roughly twice as high in females compared with males and also in older compared with younger adolescents.
Females aged 16-17 years had the highest rates of self-harm, with 16.8% having harmed themselves in the previous 12 months.
Self-harm was markedly higher in young people with major depressive disorder. One quarter (25.8%) of males and just over half (54.9%) of females with major depressive disorder (based on self-report) had harmed themselves in the previous 12 months.
Self-harm can result in serious injuries and 0.8% of young people had been admitted to hospital as a direct result of these injuries.
Self-harm in the past 12 months in 12-17 year-olds by sex and age group
Self-harm in the past 12 months in 12-17 year-olds with major depressive disorder based on self-report and for all adolescents by sex
If you or your child needs help with a mental health problem or if you have any concerns and are unsure if you or your child may need assistance, you can visit your regular GP or contact any of the following services: