Why do children cut, burn, hit or poison themselves? The cause is often a feeling of despair or untreated mental illness and depression.
And it’s a growing issue among pre-teens and teens. Nearly 2 million cases of self-harm are reported each year, but the actual number may be higher, as a majority of those engaging in self-injurious behavior (SIB) conceal their activity.
According to updated data on self-harm from HealthyPlace.com
- One in five females and one in seven males engage in self-harm yearly
- Ninety percent of those who engage in self-harm begin in the pre-teen or teen years
- Nearly 50 percent have been sexually abused
- Many learn how to inflict harm from friends or pro self-injury websites