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What is self-harm?

Self-harm describes a wide range of behaviours that people use to cope with difficult feelings and distressing life experiences. The majority of people have no intention of ending their life, most do so to manage their feelings. It is estimated that 1 in 15 young people in the UK have deliberately self-harmed at some point, and the most common age is between the ages of 11 and 25. Around four times as many girls as boys self-harm. Young men with similar problems are more likely to get into fights or trouble with the police.