One in four girls aged 14 admit to self-harming, according to shocking study

Almost a quarter of 14-year-old girls say they have self-harmed , a shock study reveals.

And one in ten boys are hurting themselves, The Children’s Society poll shows. The charity estimates that 110,000 children aged 14 self-harmed in a 12-month period – 76,000 girls and 33,000 boys.

The group surveyed 11,000 children. One said: “I felt like self-harming as there was nothing else I could do. There is help for young people, but not the right kind.”

Matthew Reed, chief executive of the charity said: “Worries about how they look are a big issue, especially for girls, but… sexuality and gender stereotypes may also be linked to their unhappiness.”

Roy Perry, of the Local Government Association, said it shows a “crisis in children’s mental health”.

“Children’s services face a £3billion funding gap by 2025.”

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