October 18, 2017
Between 2011 and 2014, self-harm incidence increased among children and adolescents, particularly among girls aged 13 to 16 years.
“The elusive nature of self-harm represents a major obstacle. Less than a quarter of children and adolescents who self-harm are believed to present to health care services,” Catharine Morgan, PhD, of University of Manchester, U.K., and colleagues wrote. “Current figures, based largely on hospital data, likely underestimate the incidence of self-harm. People who self-harm and present to general practitioners alone are not captured and only half of self-harm presentations to secondary care result in hospital admissions.”