The Statistics



It's almost impossible to say how many young people are self-harming. This is because very few teenagers tell anyone what's going on, so it's incredibly difficult to keep records or have an accurate idea of scale.

It is thought that nearly a quarter of 14 year olds have self-harmed, but the actual figure could be much higher.

Research has shown that the average age that self-harm begins is 12, which is likely to relate to the change from primary to secondary school and the onset of puberty (Beheadstrong)


Self-harm Statistics

Only 9% of young people said that they were “very confident” knowing what to do if someone told them they were self-harming (Self-Harm UK, The Mix and Young Minds)

The UK has one of the highest self-harm rates in Europe (MHFA England)

People who self-harm are approximately 49 times more likely to die by suicide (MHFA England)

More than a third (36%) of 16-25 year-olds in Britain have self-harmed at some point in their lives (Self-Harm UK, The Mix and Young Minds)


Suicide Statistics

The rate of deaths among under 25s increased by 23.7% from 2017 to 2018 with 730 under-25s taking their own lives in 2018, up from 590 in 2017.  (Samaritans)

Three quarters of young people under the age of 35 took their own lives in 2018 were boys or young men. (Papyrus)

There were 5,691 suicides in England and Wales in 2019, that is 321 more compared to the year before. (Samaritans)

26.8% of people aged 16-24 report having had suicidal thoughts in their lifetime, a higher percentage than any other age group

Every 90 minutes in the UK, a life is lost to suicide (The Sun ‘You’re Not Alone Campaign)

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