Self Harming

It was reported by the BBC on December 12th, that there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of boys in the UK between the ages of 10 and 14 being admitted to hospital as a result of self harming. There has also been an alarming increase in the number of boys in this age range presenting self harming to their GPs. The report states that self harming has been prevalent among boys in this age range but previously, boys have been very reluctant to come forward with symptoms of self harming. The report describes self harming as a means of coping with emotional trauma. As a full time therapist, I can attest to the prevalence of self harming among both genders and across age ranges. Self harming is often associated with cutting, but self harming can take different but equally aggressive forms. The three largest UK political parties are pledging NHS funding for mental health issues, but regardless of which party wins the 2015 election, government will need to be pressured to fulfill commitments.