Self-harm alert over stressed youngsters

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Sad girlSelf-harm cases among 15 to 19-year-olds soared to 20,611 (Image: Elva Etienne/Getty Images)

Between April 2018 and March 2019, hospitals across England treated 66 cases, the NHS Digital data reveals. The numbers rose among older children. There were 110 hospital incidents in which five to nine-year-olds inflicted self-injury or self-poisoning, and 7,457 episodes among 10-14 year-olds. Self-harm cases among 15 to 19-year-olds soared to 20,611.

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Across all age groups there were 114,091 episodes of self-harm that led to hospital admission. This included 308 patients aged over 90.

Specific types were not recorded, although the data included admissions for hanging, poisoning and cutting. A previous government-based study highlighted three cases in which children aged five had to be admitted to hospital after hanging themselves.

Child mental health specialists say increasing numbers of children struggle with stress, depression and anxiety due to exam pressure, social media and low self-esteem.

However, they say many youngsters don't get help

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