It will come as no surprise to hear that we are in the midst of a mental health crisis, but a new study has found that more people than ever are self-harming in an attempt to deal with difficult emotions - especially young women.
The study, published in medical journal The Lancet Psychiatry, found that one in five women and girls aged 16 - 24 have cut, burnt or poisoned themselves in an act of self-harm.
The worrying findings have alarmed medical professionals and mental health experts alike, especially since the numbers seem to keep climbing. According to the new study, self harm has risen from 2.4% in 2000 to to 6.4% in 2014, across both sexes and all age groups. In young women and teenage girls, numbers have risen from 6.5% to 19.7%.
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Self-harm and the psychological causes are multifaceted but can stem from bullying, body confidence issues and anxiety. Some question whether the increasing numbers are more representative of a changing attitude towards opening up about mental health issues, rather than sign of a worsening epidemic, but the results of the study are nonetheless alarming.
While the NHS is under increasing pressure to provide much needed mental health support and services, it is still falling short due to lack of funding and resources. In fact, the same study found that the percentage of people who self harmed receiving help has in fact declined, suggesting that support is actually becoming less available. In 2014, 60% of people were not receiving help for their mental health issues.
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Emma Thomas, CEO of the charity YoungMinds, called The Lancet Psychiatry findings "alarming", saying: "It's far too difficult for children and young people to get mental health support before they reach crisis point."
If you are struggling with your own mental health or are in crisis, Young Minds has a list of s and services that are able to help you. You can also call the Samaritans free of charge, any time day or night on 166 123.
If you or anyone else are in immediate danger, call 999.