The number of girls aged 12 and below hospitalized for self-harming has increased almost fourfold in the last five years – with cases of cutting and hanging among youngsters at record levels.  Figures from Digital also show almost 30,000 teenage boys and girls were hospitalized for carrying out acts of self-harm – a rise of more than 70 per cent in the last five

years.  Lucy Lyus, information manager at mental health charity Mind, said: “It is worrying that people are reaching crisis point and it indicates that many people aren’t getting the help and treatment they need earlier on.”People who self-harm need understanding, help and support, rather than being stigmatized or blamed, which only serves to worsen their mental health and increase the likelihood of self-harming again. READ MORE