Gap Fill - Self-harm - Level 6


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There has been a rise in reports of self-harm among teenage girls in the United Kingdom. A new from the British Medical Journal reports that more and more girls 13 to 16 suffer from self-inflicted . Researchers from the University of Manchester looked at on nearly 17,000 patients from more than 600 doctors' surgeries. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among 13- to 16-year-old girls over the three-year of the study. During the same period, stayed constant among 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The study said self-harm rates among are three times than those for boys.

Doctor Nav Kapur, study and professor of psychiatry and health, said increasing stress and psychological problems were probably what was fuelling the . He said: "We must take self-harm . It's important to understand its underlying ." A UK children's charity said: "Self-harm can often be an of a deeper problem, which is why early services to support these children are vital. Without this, the consequences really can be a of life or death." Self-harm is one of the biggest risk factors for among teens. Suicide is now the second most cause of death in the under-25s worldwide.

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