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Shocking rise in boys self-harming

By Kate Ferguson

The number of cases of young boys being admitted to hospital for self-harming is at a five-year high, new figures reveal.

Experts warned of an "epidemic of self-harm" and said bullying, stress at school and sexual pressure is driving young people to the desperate act.

Admissions of boys aged 10 to 14 have soared by 30% over the past five years, from 454 in 2009 to 2010 to 659 in 2013 to 2014.

The number of young boys admitted to hospital for self-harming has increased nearly every year over the past five years, according to statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

And the number of cases of girls aged 10 to 14 self-harming has also increased dramatically, nearly doubling from 3,090 in 2009 to 2010 to 5,955 in 2013 to 2014. Lucie Russell, director of campaigns at YoungMinds, said: "These figures are sadly just the tip of the iceberg as many young people will be suffering in silence and not getting medical attention or support. For too long self-harm has been dismissed as something that is just an issue for teenage girls.

"We need to recognise that this is an issue for boys as well."

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