According to a recent study by GP Surgeries, an alarming statistic has been brought to light. Within the past three years, data has revealed that self-harm among teenage girls has risen almost 70%, leading them to be three times as more likely to self-harm than boys.
“The reasons behind self-harm can be complex, but we know that teenage girls face a wide range of pressures, including school stress, body image issues, bullying and the pressure created by social media,” said Tom Madders, director of campaigns at the charity YoungMinds, in an interview IBT UK.
The rates of self-harm were significantly higher in lower income areas and the respondents were 23% less likely to consult with a health care specialist as compared to respondents from wealthier areas.
“It is perhaps a reflection that today’s early adolescents are living in more stressful times,” said the authors, led by Cathy Morgan at the University of Manchester. “It can take a lot of courage for a young person to tell their GP that they’re self-harming, and it’s crucial that specialist mental health services are available for all those who need support.”
Teenagers who self-harm were 9 times more likely to die as a result of suicide, alcohol poisoning, or drug overdose.
As October is National Bullying Prevention Month, have an open dialogue with young girls and let them know that it is okay to, whether it is to a parent, teacher, friend, or doctor, speak up and speak out. The study concludes that self-harming statistics could be greater due to the fact that many cases go unreported.
It is imperative to know the signs because you just might end up saving a life.