A large survey looking into why young people self-harm has revealed that bullying is the main reason why young people want to injure themselves.
Nearly 4000 under-25s took the online poll – commissioned by self-harm support groups, Self-harm.co.uk, ChildLine, Youth Net and Young Minds – and a majority admitted to feeling alone and isolated when they first began self-harming.
Experts from self-harm charities believe the surge in online activity has increased the likelihood of self-harming among young people who are being bullied. Bullying has occurred for years, but now it exists beyond the school gates.
Rachel Welch, from Self-harm.co.uk explains:
“[Young people] can’t escape to their bedrooms away from bullying, because with Smartphones and tablets they’re never actually on their own.”
As a result, many believe self-harm among young people has risen. One such person is Dr Alys Cole-King, a representative for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She says: