Who self harms?

Whilst self-harm affects people from both genders, all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, abilities and classes, some groups of people have a higher representation of people involved in self-harm, these include:

  • Young people
  • Prisoners and asylum seekers
  • Veterans of the armed forces
  • Gay, lesbian and bi-sexual people (this in part appears to be related to the stress of prejudice they experience)
  • A group of young people who self-harm together; having a friend who self-harms may increase your chances of doing it as well.
  • People who have experienced past trauma such as neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse, or sexual abuse
  • People with certain mental health difficulties
  • People who are involved in drug or alcohol abuse
  • People going through major life events such as homelessness, divorce, bereavement

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