A TOTAL OF 9,785 people presented to hospital due to self-harm in 2018.
The National Self-Harm Registry Ireland recorded 12,588 presentations to hospital due to self-harm nationally, with some people hospitalised more than once.
The latest figures show that the rate of individuals presenting to hospital following self-harm was 210 per 100,000 – 6% higher than in 2017.
There has been a 12% increase on statistics from 2007, the year before the economic recession.
The increase in hospital-presenting self-harm in 2018 was observed across all age groups and for both men and women.
The highest rates of self-harm was recorded amongst young people: the report shows there was a further increase in self-harm among young people aged 10-24 years, particularly for males.
The registry report released today on World Mental Health Day, also recorded that 72% of people who presented following self-harm received a mental health assessment in the hospital emergency department.
Source: Christina Finn, The Journal, 10th October 2019