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Self-harm

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL783, tabled on 2 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the statistics on the incidence of self-harming in (1) girls under 18, (2) boys under 18, (3) women over 18, and (4) men over 18, in each year since 2010; and how those statistics compare with the rest of Europe.

Answered on

14 July 2014

Data on the number of under 18 boys and girls who received hospital treatment for self-harm in each year since 2010 is in the following table.

Count of finished admission episodeswith a cause code of self-harm and a count of accident and emergency attendances (excluding planned attendances) with a patient group of deliberate self-harm for (1) females under 18 and (2) males under 18 for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector

Year

Accident and emergency attendances

Finished admission episodes

Male

Female

Male

Female

2010-11

4,038

9,264

2,594

11,400

2011-12

4,287

9,388

2,363

10,868

2012-13

3,800

9,943

2,473

12,305

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Notes:

- Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients as a person may have more than one admission in one year; and

- a patient may have attended Accident and Emergency (A&E) and then been admitted to hospital as a single event, in this case the event would be included in both the A&E and hospital admission figures.

Analysis of how these statistics compare with the rest of Europe has not been made.

Data is not collected on the incidence of self-harm among boys and girls aged under 18 nor those who continue to self-harm in adulthood.