Number of self-harming teenage girls on the rise

New research has found that the number of teenage girls who are self-harming is steadily increasing, according to

The English study was carried out by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). It found that in the year leading up to June, there were 13,400 teenage girls, aged 15-19 years, who needed treatment to deal with self-harming. This was up from a figure of 12,220 cases in the previous 12 months.

Experts claim that the reason for this rise is down to an "unprecedented toxic climate" that currently exists within today's society. This includes behaviours such as cyber bullying, 'sexting', a lack of job opportunities and a society which is largely focused on body image.

The data also found that 4,000 boys were treated for self-harming in the 12 months leading to June. Those parents who are worried about their child or teenager's mental health may want to take them to a local GP, who may recommend help such as counselling courses.

According to Lucie Russell, director of campaigns and policy at charity YoungMinds, the organisation's Parents' Helpline received received record number of calls from those worried about the mental wellbeing of their children.

She said that this should not be ignored, telling "We must take notice of these warning signs and act if we are not to see children increasingly struggling to cope."