Since 2006/07 the number of admissions has increased by almost 10,000, making the figure 104,340 in 2009/10.
In addition to this a pattern of admissions was also revealed, with the highest number of admissions in May and the lowest in December.
During May 2010 there were 10,340 hospital admissions for self harm with the December of 2009 seeing 7,490.
The NHS Information Centre report also revealed that self poisoning is the most likely reason for hospital admissions accounting for 58,280 and 37,750 female and male admissions respectively.
The second most common reason for admission was that of self-harm with a ‘sharp or blunt object’ resulting in 4,170 cases among women and 3,770 among men.
Self-harm is often used as a way of escaping from painful and difficult feelings that have built up over a period of time and become overwhelming. If you are worried about self-harm and can’t understand why it is happening to you or a loved one then help and support is available. Often many individuals find it helpful to talk things through with counsellor in confidence, giving them the chance to open up about the feelings they are having. If you would like to contact a qualified professional in your local area then please use the search tool located on our homepage.