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Self-harmers pose suicide risk

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Young people who self harm are almost 10 times more likely to attempt suicide and should be monitored, research suggests.

Young peoplewho self harm are almost 10times more likely to attempt suicide and should be monitored, research suggests.

The study of 2,857students aged 18-24from two universitiesin the United Statesfound those who had attempted suicide and self-harmed were more likely to have been abused and to have an eating disorder.

Self harming students were also almostthree timesmore likely to fantasise aboutkilling themselves.

The study suggestsself-harm may be a coping mechanism to avoid suicide butcould lead tostudents taking their lifein the long term.

Archive of Paediatric Adolescent Medicine (2007) 161: 634-640

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