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.
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