Alarming effect of online self-harm images revealed –

Polling commissioned in the run up to Self-Harm Awareness Day has shed light on the alarming number of 11-21 year olds exposed to online self-harm images. Organised by leading UK youth charities ChildLine, selfharmUK, YoungMinds and YouthNet, the research found that a significant number of young people ‘felt like hurting themselves’ in response to such images
Key findings
◾One in every four 11-14 year olds and seven out of ten 18-21 year olds said they had seen images online showing someone self harming
◾Of those who had seen an image of someone self-harming, over half of all 11-14 year olds and one in every four 18-21 year olds said they had ‘felt like hurting themselves’ after seeing these images
◾Of those who d seen an image of someone self-harming, nine out of every ten 11-14 year olds and eight out of every ten 18-21year olds said they had found the images upsetting
◾Of those who had seen an image of someone self-harming, six out of every ten 11-14 year olds and one in ten 18-21 year olds said they had shared images of someone self-harming on social media
◾Over half of all 11-21 year olds said they wouldn’t know how to report an image of someone self-harming on social media
◾Around a third of 11-18 year olds and 69% of 18-21 year olds said they would go online for support and information about self-harm
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/2478_alarming_effect_of_online_self-harm_images_revealed

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