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SANE comment on rise in self-harm in England
Added: 5th Jun 2019

Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on research from the National Centre of Social Research, published in Lancet Psychiatry, that found a large increase in the numbers of people self-harming in England:

“These shocking figures only add to the growing body of evidence that shows we are experiencing an epidemic of self-harm and suicidal behaviour, with many people either waiting too long for treatment or unable to access any kind of help at all.

“At SANE we have been warning for years of increasing numbers of young people who harm themselves, as well as the worsening extent of the injuries that they inflict. We also know from our own research that as many as one in three suicides by people with mental illness could be prevented if crisis services were more effective and responsive.

“We urgently need to increase the support available for those at risk. Given that the majority of mental illness starts in adolescence, we are daily losing the opportunity to protect the mental health of future generations.”

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