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Self Harming Rates Rocket in South West

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3:09pm 21st September 2011
(Updated 3:09pm 21st September 2011)

The number of people self harming the south west rockets.

Statistics show hospital admissions nearly doubled in six years, up from 6,271 in 2002/03 to 10,846 in 2008/09.

That is the second highest percentage increase in England.

The fastest rise was in girls aged 15 to 24.

Now there are calls for more awareness and for coping skills to be taught in schools.

Shauna Harrison is a worker at 'Hear Our Voice' which is part of the Young People Cornwall service:  

"I'm not too sure if it's a symbol of our society or whether people have always done it but it's never been talked about so much before. They can talk to peers or speak to teachers more about what's been going on"

" We work in quite a creative way, using art or music or poetry so that gets some of their feelings out. It's a bit of distraction away from it and it's a way of expressing themselves aswell. So I think, any coping strat that they like doing or an interest they've got that they can focus on and really use to their advantage is the best way forward."

3:09pm 21st September 2011

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