There has been some speculation in the media recently about mental health; especially in teenagers.
A recent article by http://selfharm.co.uk/get/facts/self-harm_statistics said the following:
"It's almost impossible to say how many young people are self-harming. This is because very few teenagers tell anyone what's going on, so it's incredibly difficult to keep records or have an accurate idea of scale. It is thought that around 13% of young people may try to hurt themselves on purpose at some point between the ages of 11 and 16, but the actual figure could be much higher."
This is a pretty high statistic. 13 out of one hundred people between the ages of 11 and 16 self harming. Now I know that self harming isn't a mental illness, but sometimes it can be a result of mental illness. You also can't say to people to just stop because some people gain an emotional connection to doing so.
This may not be a very good comparison but it's a comparison none the less. When people who want to lose weight want to lose weight can't, or find it difficult to, sometimes it can be because they have an emotional connection to food. People have used food to comfort them in times of hurt. The same can be said about self harm.
I know some people are also afraid to admit that they self harm, because there is still some stigma around it. I think that people need to try to be supportive, and that young people need to be shown where they can go if they self harm. That there are places they can go and people who want to help them, because even if the percentage reduces to 12%; that's and improvement.