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Increase in young people self-harming reported

Royal College of Psychiatrists

A growing number of people may require psychiatric help to fight against self-harm, according to figures from Newsbeat.

The BBC's young persons' news service revealed that a total of 2,727 under-25s were admitted to hospital with self-inflicted wounds between 2008 and 2009.

This is a dramatic increase on 2004-05 figures when only 1,758 young people were admitted.

In response to the figures the Royal College of Psychiatrists called for the media to take greater care in its coverage of self-harm.

The college urged journalists and website moderators not to promote or "romanticise" the action.

Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation echoed these sentiments.

He warned that the media in general "need to take care that explicit images or references to self-harm don't act as trigger to young people who are vulnerable to self-harming".

He added that young people tended to turn to the media and the internet in particular as "a source of advice and support" when they self-harmed.

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Psychiatric treatment news : 16 March 2010