ChildLine report highlights rise of self-harm in young people

Date: 5th December 2012
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

The number of young people seeking help about self-harm has soared by more than two thirds (68%) in the last year, according to the ChildLine annual report, 'Saying the Unsayable.'

Compiled from the contacts by children and young people in 2011/12, the report gives a telling snapshot of children's lives in the UK today.

Self-harm is now the fourth most common reason to make contact and the age of those seeking help is falling steadily.

Over 16,000 contacts were made to ChildLine about self-harm in the last year, which equates to nearly 80 counselling sessions every day. These are being driven by teenagers feeling under increasing pressure by modern life, with the number of teenagers seeking counselling about suicide increasing since 2007.