This is unacceptable.
A study has recently found that, staggeringly, 1 in 12 young people self harm — and it's happening mostly to girls.
This means that they're partaking in cutting, burning, or life threatening risks. About 10% of those kids continue to do so for quite some time, well into young adulthood.
Unfortunately, it seem like it's the go-to way of dealing with the over abundance of emotions. The bitter-sweet news is, though, that self harm is a key signifier as to who is more likely to commit suicide (about 100 times more likely), so these numbers could potentially lead to prevention.
Suicide rates are incredibly high, too, with about a million a year. Or, 16 per 100,000. Or 1 every 40 seconds.
Just because 90% of the kids who do this don't do it into adulthood doesn't mean we should think it's a phase. That would be a big mistake because of how much more likely they are to commit suicide, especially during those formative years.
If you or anyone you know is battling depression, or having suicidal thoughts, the most important thing on this list is to get them medical treatment and to make sure they're safe. It might be a struggle, but it will be worth it in the end, because that person means a lot to you, and they deserve a better quality of life, including that sought after happiness.
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