I am still cutting myself: 80% rise in Self Harm
"I am still cutting
myself" This has become a familiar cry from young people who are
engaging in the very destructive act of self harming, researchers in
Glocestershire released new information on the numbers of people self
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harming and there has been an alarming increase. According to the
NHS, Between 2011 and 2012 there was an 80% increase in the numbers
of incidences related to self harm as opposed to 2010 and 2011. "I
am still cutting myself" said one 25 year old woman who has battled
depression and self harm for many years.
There is a rising dissatisfaction
amongst the young, some mental health officials blame the economy
while others believe the break down of the family is a major cause,
whatever the reasons are the bottom line still remains that there are
thousands of young people who are purposely hurting their bodies,
this is a dangerous practice, many of those harming state that they
are not suicidal but a recent report from Ireland showed that over 40
percent of people who were self harming thought often about suicide.
The stretch from self harm with a blade to suicide is not very far,
in fact many self harmers have at attempted suicide at least once.
Ann, a 25 year old female admitted that she still self harms, "I am
still cutting myself, I know it is wrong but sometimes it feels so
bad inside that cutting helps. I know it is sick"
The issues that lead a person to hurt
themselves are varied, one thing that is clear is that the person
harming does have an emotional stress that builds up and they use
harm as a way to release this buildup, harm is a way to address this
dissatisfaction. As the numbers of teens and adults continue to hurt
themselves, doctors are prescribing more anti depressants, it is
clear that a person saying " I am cutting myself" needs help, we
must address this very serious issue in Glocestershire and the world.