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One in ten 16-year-olds in NI have self-harmed

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One in ten 16-year-olds in Northern Ireland have self-harmed in the past year, a survey has found.

A further 14% of the 941 teenagers questioned said they had thought about overdosing or self-harming, but hadn’t done so.

More girls (13%) than boys (5%) had tried to harm themselves, the survey found, with self-harm linked to stress, bullying and social pressures to drink alcohol and take drugs.

Queen’s University, Belfast, and the University of Ulster invited all Northern Irish teenagers with 16th birthdays in March and April 2008 to participate in the annual Young Life and Times Survey.

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