The Courier-Mail

High rate of self-harm


WOMEN are self-harm­ing at dou­ble the rate of men, with many end­ing up in hos­pi­tal.

New data from the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare re­veals the ex­tent of women self-mu­ti­lat­ing which ex­perts say may be a re­lease valve for men­tal dis­tress rather than an at­tempt to end their lives.

In 2012-13 Aus­tralian hos­pi­tals recorded 27,100 cases of in­ten­tional self-harm. Of these, 17,340 were women and 9759 were men. Women out­num­bered men in all age groups.

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