The Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Monitor for Wales has found that though smoking and drinking among teenagers is steadily declining, figures show an increase in the number of teenagers self harming.
According to the 2011 survey which pulls together information on the various aspects of children’s well-being, the number of hospital admissions for self-harm in Wales has increased. The rise was most significant among girls between 15 and 17, growing from 650 incidents per 100,000 individuals in 2003-2004, to around 900 per 100,000 in 2006-2008.
Mental health charity YoungMinds is alarmed by the rise, and spokeswoman Paula Lavis has warned that the true scale of self harm could actually be greater than the figures suggest.
“This may only be the tip of the iceberg as they only cover hospital admissions, so do not include the many young people who do not come to the attention of services.” She said.
In 2008 the assembly government published an action plan in a bid to reduce suicide and self-harm, though Ms Lavis has called for current data to prove that it is working.
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