14% of Scottish 15 and 16 year olds self-harm

A study by The University of Stirling has uncovered some distrubing statistics in the field of teenage self-harm.  Their study suggests that 14% of 15 and 16 year olds in Scotland self-harm (a figure much higher than the official one).  Now, this figure was going to be higher as the offical one comes out of the numbers of people who present at a doctor following self-harm.  However, 14% is a very worrying figure indeed.

The study revealed that 15 and 16 year olds who were concerned abouttheir sexuality, history of sexual abuse or those who knew a family member who had self-harmed were five times more likely to hurt themselves  The study revealed that high levels of anxiety and low levels of self-esteem are key factors.

The risk of a person taking their own life is 60 to 100 times higher in a person who has perviosul self-harmed when compared with a person who has not.

These are worrying statistics indeed.