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SANE comment on research by the University of Warwick on self-harm
Added: 19th Dec 2019

Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on research by the University of Warwick, which found teenaged girls are far more likely to self-harm:

“It is a grave concern that young people, and girls in particular, are self-harming in far greater numbers than even a decade ago.

“SANE’s own research shows that this is not a cry for attention, but a hidden method of coping with the stress and pressure of life, which we believe is exacerbated by 24-hour access to social media. A significant number describe self-harm as a way of protecting themselves from taking a more irrevocable step, and shielding other people from their pain.

“We encourage people who contact our helpline to seek help in releasing their feelings of distress before resorting to self-harm.”

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