Children under 10 are self-harming

Sad new stats reveal even pre-school children are hurting themselves.

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New statistics show that more than 1,800 children under 10 have been treated in hospital for self-harming in the past decade. The shocking figures have raised concerns about mental health and children being overlooked.

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Last year almost 150 boys and girls aged 10 or under, including more than 80 pre-school children, went to hospital for hurting themselves.

According to these stats, the number of girls and women aged under 25 who were admitted to hospital for self-harming in the last 10 years has risen by 44% to more than 26,270. With boys and men the figure has also gone up by a third to 11,656.

“These shocking statistics should act as a wake-up call to everyone who cares about the welfare of young people,” said Lucia Russell, the director of campaigns, policy and participation at YoungMinds, a charity that’s working to redesign mental health services for children with the Government.

“Self-harm is often dismissed as merely attention-seeking behaviour, but it’s a sign that young people are feeling terrible internal pain and are not coping,” said Lucia.

While more than one in 10 children aged 15 to 16 report having self-harmed in their lifetime, the Department of Health has said that is “rare for very young children” to self harm.

According to officials, self-harm is often linked to bullying, low self-esteem and worries about sexuality.

The Government has promised £32 million to improve access to psychological therapies for children and young people over the next four years.

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