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Around one in ten 11-25 year-olds - mainly but not only girls - will deliberately harm themselves at some point. According to the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University, admissions of under-25s who have damaged themselves deliberately with a sharp object have risen by 50% in five years, from 1,758 in 2004/5 to 2,727 in 2008/9.

Source ■, Friday 12 March 2010

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I would like to thank all of the people who contributed to this article and particularly those who agreed to be interviewed and who shared their experiences. Thanks also to IA for valuable input and to the contributors to the Skin Deep online forum discussion boards.

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