Rise in people self-harming investigated


New reports from the UK and U.S. have revealed growing incidences of people self-harming. WikiTribune is examining whether self-harm and self-injury are on the rise globally, and if so, why.

In Britain, one quarter (22 percent) of girls aged 14, and one in ten boys (9 percent) had self-harmed in the past year, according to a new report from UK charity The Children’s Society.

The study also found that nearly half (or 46 percent) of children who were attracted to children of the same gender or both genders have self-harmed.

The number of self-harm-related deaths (also known as self-injury mortalities, or SIM), including suicide and drug overdose, in the United States, surpassed deaths from diabetes, according to new research by a coalition of universities that studied data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Their report said that in 2016 for every 100,000 people, 29 deaths were due to self-injury and 25 were due to diabetes.

Is it generally true that instances of self-harm and self-injury deaths on the rise? Why?

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  • A deep dive into the Children’s Society study, looking at the root causes of why British children and teens are turning to self-harm
  • A global “map” of self-harm statistics, tracking numbers worldwide
  • A timeline of studies on self-harm evaluating whether instances are on the rise
  • The lack of mental health facilities and children in the UK reportedly having to travel miles to access treatment

Questions to be asked

  • Are more people in the U.S. dying from self-injury than from diabetes?
  • Are there other illnesses that are killing fewer people than self-injury?
  • What parts of the world are seeing a surge in self-harm cases?
  • Is there a clear self-harm intent in SIM drug overdoses in the US statistic?
  • What can we do to help those who are suffering from self-harm? Is there something the U.S. isn’t doing to help their citizens?
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Who should be interviewed?

  • The Children’s Society
  • Researchers and psychiatrists on self-harm causes

I did an interview with a clinical psychologist recently, and he said “By talking openly about mental health and suicide, we’re moving in the right direction,” Dr. Greg Vander Wal.

-by this he means, in today’s world in the U.S. there’s isn’t a perfect cure for mental health, but by making the conversation about it one that people aren’t afraid to talk about, it’s leading us to a better future in mental health.

I can update with more quotes from this psychologist.

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