17 Nov '11, 10am

One in 12 teenagers self-harm, a study has found, and girls and women aged 15-24 are most vulnerable

LONDON - One in 12 young people, mostly girls, engage in self-harming such as cutting, burning or taking life-threatening risks and around 10 per cent of these continue to deliberately harm themselves into young adulthood, a study found today. Since self-harming is one of the strongest predictors of who will go on to commit suicide, the psychiatrists who conducted the study said they hoped its findings would help galvanise support for more active and earlier intervention for people at risk. "The numbers we're talking about here are huge," said Dr Keith Hawton of the Centre for Suicide Research at Britain's Oxford University, who reviewed the findings at a briefing in London. Dr George Patton, who led the study at the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, said the findings revealed a "window of vulnerability" when...

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