England: self-harm hospitalisations in girls double since 1997

03 October 2018

The number of girls under 18 treated in hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago, according to NHS Digital figures.

Last year, 13,463 girls received hospital treatment after harming themselves, compared with 7327 in 1997. For boys, the figure rose from 2236 to 2332.

The number of girls treated for attempting a substance overdose has risen more than tenfold: 2736, up from 249 in 1997. The number of boys treated increased from 152 to 839.

The latest figures were disclosed by James O’Shaughnessy, a health minister, in response to a parliamentary written question.

A spokesman from the NSPCC said: ‘These heartbreaking figures are sadly unsurprising. We know from contacts to Childline that many children are being driven to self-harm as a way of dealing with the pressures and demands of modern-day life.’

Read O’Shaughnessy's response here.

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