Self-Harm in Children

Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. It can be the acute reaction people turn to when they feel they have no other option.

Self-harm affects more people than you might think. It is estimated that between 10%-20% of all people self-harm at some point during their lifetime. It is hard to gather exact figures due to the stigma surrounding self-harm, and because people try to hide their wounds, scars and bruises.

The average age of the first incident of self-harm is around 12/13, though the rate of self-harm among younger children (aged 9-12) in the UK has increased in the last ten years.

To understand more about self-harm, watch our 8-minute film and download our fact sheet.

For information on how to access help and support, go to the Nip in the Bud ‘Where to go for help page’.

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Self Harm in Children Information Film

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Other Resources

Self-Harm Fact Sheet

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