Self-harm calls to ChildLine show biggest increase
Self-harming has become the fastest rising cause of calls for help to the ChildLine advice line, according to the charity's annual report.
There has been a 68% annual increase in contacts to ChildLine over self-harm, mostly from girls.
It is also affecting younger children, appearing for the first time as a leading concern among 14-year-olds.
Sue Minto, head of ChildLine, said it reflected how teenagers felt unable to escape the pressures in their lives.
Ms Minto said the relentless and pervasive nature of modern technology - with texting, social networking and websites - meant children found it hard to escape pressures such as bullying.
"It's very unforgiving for young people," she said.
In the course of the year, ChildLine provided more than 16,000 counselling sessions about self-harm.
The callers to the advice line - and youngsters who contacted the website - included those who had self-harmed or were on the verge of doing so and even some who were self-harming as they got in touch with ChildLine.
Read more ... (BBC News - 04 December)