The new figures have been released by the NHS and show that during 2011 there were more than 114,000 cases of self-poisoning in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (figures for Scotland are not available). In 2001 there were just 79,000 cases reported.
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, self-poisoning is the most common form of self-harm treated in hospitals.
Amy Ratnett, 28, told BBC Newsbeat that she began to self-poison when she was 21. Her first experience of self-poisoning was a suicide attempt but when it didn’t work she began taking overdoses as a form of self-harm.
“I would come home from work on a Friday evening, take an overdose, call an ambulance, spend the weekend in hospital and then go back to work on a Monday as if nothing had happened,” she said.
Self-poisoning can lead to organ failure and in some cases it can be fatal.
The British Red Cross says more needs to be done to educate young people so they know how to deal with a friend who may be self-harming in this way.
Campaign manager Paul Donnelly wants to provide young people with first aid information to prevent the rise in hospital admissions. The organisation has since launched a campaign offering tips to youngsters.
Amy implores other young people to get support if they need it as there is always somebody who wants to listen.
Mental health charity Mind says May tends to bring a spike in calls about self-harm, which they attribute to the exam period.
To find out how a counsellor could help you, please visit our Self Harm page.
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