There has been a steep rise reports of self-harm among young teenage girls the United Kingdom. A new study the British Medical Journal reports that more and more girls aged 13 to 16 suffer self-inflicted harm. Researchers the University of Manchester looked data nearly 17,000 patients more than 600 doctors' surgeries. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase self-harm among 13- to 16-year-old girls the three-year period of the study. During the same period, rates stayed constant 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The study said self-harm rates among girls are three times higher than those boys.
Doctor Nav Kapur, study author and professor psychiatry and population health, said increasing stress and psychological problems were probably what was fuelling the trend. He said: "We must take self-harm seriously. It's important to understand its underlying causes." A UK children's charity said: "Self-harm can often be an expression a deeper problem, which is why early intervention services to support these children are vital. this, the consequences really can be a matter life or death." Self-harm is one the biggest risk factors suicide teens. Suicide is now the second most common cause death in the under-25s worldwide.