Over 8,000 treated for self-harm in 2003 - report

 

More than 8,000 people were last year treated in Irish hospitals for deliberate self-harm, it emerged today.

The National Parasuicide Registry's third annual report said attempted suicides increased by 3.6 per cent last year. Irish adolescent girls was treated in hospital last year for deliberate self-harm.

The highest rates were among young people, with almost 3,000 people under the age of 25 treated in hospital for self harm.

The report said the greatest risk group was 20-to-24-year-old men and 15-to-19-year-old women. It noted that one in every 150 Irish adolescent girls was treated in hospital last year for deliberate self-harm.