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I am still cutting myself: 80% rise in Self Harm

By GailAdams  |  Posted: March 18, 2013

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"I am still cutting

myself" This has become a familiar cry from young people who are

engaging in the very destructive act of self harming, researchers in

Glocestershire released new information on the numbers of people self

harming and there has been an alarming increase. According to the

NHS, Between 2011 and 2012 there was an 80% increase in the numbers

of incidences related to self harm as opposed to 2010 and 2011. "I

am still cutting myself" said one 25 year old woman who has battled

depression and self harm for many years.

Rising dissatisfaction

There is a rising dissatisfaction

amongst the young, some mental health officials blame the economy

while others believe the break down of the family is a major cause,

whatever the reasons are the bottom line still remains that there are

thousands of young people who are purposely hurting their bodies,

this is a dangerous practice, many of those harming state that they

are not suicidal but a recent report from Ireland showed that over 40

percent of people who were self harming thought often about suicide.

The stretch from self harm with a blade to suicide is not very far,

in fact many self harmers have at attempted suicide at least once.

Ann, a 25 year old female admitted that she still self harms, "I am

still cutting myself, I know it is wrong but sometimes it feels so

bad inside that cutting helps. I know it is sick"

The issues that lead a person to hurt

themselves are varied, one thing that is clear is that the person

harming does have an emotional stress that builds up and they use

harm as a way to release this buildup, harm is a way to address this

dissatisfaction. As the numbers of teens and adults continue to hurt

themselves, doctors are prescribing more anti depressants, it is

clear that a person saying " I am cutting myself" needs help, we

must address this very serious issue in Glocestershire and the world.



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