A BBC News article, revealed that there has been an increase in the number of young boys admitted to hospital for self harm.
The article went on to say that these figures could be much worse because the secret nature of self harm has, and that young boys are less likely to come forward with issues of self harm due to them seeing self harm as a predominantly female issue. A spokesman for UK website SELF harm got.co.uk suggested the children were likely to be influenced by what they saw on the Internet.
The World Health Organization is due to release a report in 2015 which is expected to show an increase in the number of teenagers who are self harming; experts expect this level to have tripled over the last decade in England.
In the autumn statement, this month, the coalition government announced it would in investment £100 million in mental health care for young people, over the next five years. The government intent is to make it easier for young people to access specialist help in their community.
Speaking in the report the care minister Norman Lamb said “Self harm was a sign of serious emotional distress and is critical that young people get the help they need”
One of the suggestions in the report of the schools must do more, to help students, which is self harming. 6,000 teenagers, with some as young as 11 were included in the Health Behaviour in School Aged children report. Which cited that 22% of the 15-year-old sampled said that they hurt themselves on purpose. With 43% said saying a self harmed once a month.